Art & Technology

“Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.”



Mrs Emma O’Brien – Head of department and Teacher of Art & Design
Miss Rachel Horrocks – Teacher for Technology (Food and textiles specialism)
Mr John Binns – Teacher of Technology (Engineering and product design/RM specialism)
Mr Andy Lain – DT & Art Technician
Mrs Dee Gilman – DT Technician


Art is part of the Technology and Creative arts department within Outwood Academy Ripon. Within Art we have access to 2 large well-resourced teaching rooms, to a kiln room for firing clay, a printing press and computer access with design software from Adobe Photoshop to 3D studio max. As part of a larger department we also have access to a laser cutter and 2D design software.

GCSE Art and Design*

Course Description
This course covers a wide range of art and design areas from illustration to computer aided design and from painting and drawing to laser cuts and wire models
Students develop their drawing and painting skills whilst also experimenting with specialist computer software and 3D skills.

Unit 1 : Coursework Portfolio
This unit will help you to develop your art skills and techniques whilst producing work for your art portfolio. You will be given a theme or starting point in which you will develop your own project from. You will need to follow the design process through the stages or research and ideas, experimentation and development, artist research to produce your final outcome(s) Throughout this unit you will be shown relevant techniques by your teacher and you will have the opportunity to discuss ideas not only with your teacher but also your group.

Unit 2 : Externally Set Project
This unit will continue the development of the skills learnt in unit 1 and focus these on one specific theme. The theme for this project is set by the exam board and has a 10 hour practical exam time within the unit. The project will follow the same format as unit 1 with the 10 hour exam time will giving you the opportunity to complete a final piece that show the development of your ideas to a personal conclusion

60% Unit 1- Coursework portfolio
40% Unit 2 Externally set project

Is Art the right course for me?
If you enjoy:
• developing your visual skills
• being creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
• visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
• experimenting and taking risks with your work
Then GCSE Art and Design is the ideal subject for you.

General Comments:
Within this course you will produce practical and contextual work for an initial theme/s. Your work will show the development from initial research to final piece/s. The projects will show your understanding of the design process and ensure that you meet all assessment objectives. You will work in one or more area(s) including; Fine art, printmaking, 3D Design, Textile Design, Photography & Graphic communication

The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. There are a wide range of options within the different endorsements, or you may choose to work in several areas. Whatever you choose, the main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

A-Level Art, Craft and Design

Course Description:
The A Level Art and Design course is designed to extend and develop your art skills, allowing you the independence and creative freedom to develop your own ideas and style. The course will develop your understanding and use of formal elements as well as introducing you to different aspects of art and design. You will also explore the work of other artists and craftspeople, both historic and contemporary. This will help to develop your understanding of the work of others, key movements and concepts in art and also give you a starting point and inspiration for your own studies.

One Year (AS)
Unit 1– Art & Design Coursework
Unit 2— Externally set Assignment including 5 hours practical exam

Two Years (A2)
Unit 3— Art and Design Coursework
Unit 4— Externally set Assignment including 15 hours practical exam

Applicants to this course will be asked to produce an art portfolio of work that will be required during the interview process.

50% coursework
50% externally set assignment

Is this the right subject for me?
This course is suitable for students who are:
• keen to develop their visual skills
• creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
• able to sustain an investigation
• able to enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
• willing to experiment and take risks in their work
• willing to review their progress and make improvements

General Comments:
The disciplines associated with the A Level Art, Craft and Design are painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, alternative media, scenography, architectural, environmental and interior design, product design, constructed textiles, dyed textiles, printed textiles, fine art textiles, fashion textiles,
Film-based photography, digital photography, film and video, advertising, illustration, packaging, typography and interactive media.

Btec Tech award in Engineering

Qualification - BTEC Tech Award
Exam Board - Pearson
Method of Assessment - 40%Exam 60% controlled assessment

This is a practical introduction to the life and work in engineering. Students will delve deeper into how engineering sectors work, develop core engineering skills including drilling, turning, milling and using new technologies. Students will develop an understanding of the design process and put what they have learnt into practise by designing and making an engineering product.


Component 1 Exploring engineering sectors and design applications (30%)
The aim is to get to know industry sectors, how they work together to solve problems and apply related skills to a design product. Students will explore different sectors, investigate organisations, discover more about manufacturing and build their knowledge through a design project.

Component 2 Investigating an engineering product (30%)
The aim is to explore types of materials, components and processes used to make products, then reproduce and test a product. You will learn why certain materials are selected, investigate how products are made, identify safe working practises, develop observational skills and create production plans.

Component 3 Responding to an engineering brief (40%)
This component builds on the knowledge and skills you have learned in Components 1 and 2
You will be given engineering briefs with problems you need to respond to. Your response will include possible solutions that you will test against the brief. You will be given the opportunity to carry out tests, collect and analyse data, reflect on your findings, consider any issues, and suggest solutions

WJEC Level 1/2 in Hospitality and Catering

Qualification - Level 1/2 Award
Exam Board - WJEC
Method of Assessment - Internally assessed project and Externally assessed project

The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues; businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success. According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce. Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group, according to a report by People 1st.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:
Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry (External assessment)
Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action (internal assessment)

Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management.

Performing Arts (BTEC Level 3 Certificate leading on to Subsidiary Diploma in year 2)

Course Description:

This course will equip you with a thorough understanding of performing arts, Acting and Theatre. You will also develop highly tuned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

You will gain a clear and practical understanding of how theatre has developed over the centuries and how companies and practitioners have influenced each other.

You will also monitor and develop your own performance skills throughout a series of workshops, rehearsals and performances.


The course is made up of three units and is 100% coursework.
The units listed below are provisional on staffing, and student’s previous experience and skills.

Year 12
Unit 7: Performing to an Audience. This is a compulsory unit consisting of realisation of rehearsed performance work to a live audience. It is the culmination of prior training, skills development and rehearsal work applied in the relevant performance discipline.
Unit 18: Auditions for Actors
Unit 19: Principles of Acting

Year 13
Unit 21: Drama improvisation
Unit 14: Musical Theatre performance
Unit 30: Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers

Students’ Comments

“ It allows me to explore my creative side”
“It’s challenging but worth it”
“I love it!”
“I have learnt that there is more to Theatre than I first thought”