Technology and Creative Arts

“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
Mr Darren Kenway – Head of Music and Performing Arts
Miss Charlotte Hullah – Teacher of Technology
Miss Rachel Horrocks – Teacher of Technology
Mr Andrew Lain- Technician
Mrs Denise Gilman- Technician/TA


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.


Music is part of the technology and Creative Arts department within Outwood Academy Ripon. Curriculum Music lessons are taught by Mr D Kenway and he is supported by peripatetic tutors providing instrumental lessons from both North Yorkshire Music Service and Private tutors. We are able to provide instrumental lessons in Brass, Woodwind, Vocal, Percussion, Strings, Guitars Keyboard and Piano and drums.

We are lucky enough to have a music suite consisting of 3 practice rooms and a large teaching room all fully equipped with drum kits, guitars, bass guitars and pianos. The main room also has 21 mini macs with Logic Software allowing fantastic access to ICT opportunities.

BTEC Music

Course Description:

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music is the equivalent to 2 GCSEs A*-C. It prepares young people for careers in the performing arts industry.
This is a one year course in which students will study:

Two Core Units:
• Working in the Music Industry
• Professional Development in the Music Industry
Two of the following specialised units:
• Planning and Creating a Music Product
• Solo Musical Performance
• Exploring Musical Composition
• Working as a Musical Ensemble
• DJ Technology and Performance
• Producing a Musical Recording
• Developing as a Musical Performer
• Rehearsal Techniques for Musicians
• Developing Music Theory

There will be opportunity to take part in workshops, visits and concerts throughout the year



General Comments:

This course is all coursework based. It motivates learners via applied learning and assessment. The course is based entirely on coursework through a series of units and assignments. Students will achieve either a pass, merit or distinction grade for each unit. The overall qualification will be determined as an aggregation of points achieved through the successful achievement of individual units.

GCSE Music

Course Description

Course content
The course is essentially a practical course with 80% coursework and 20% listening paper.

You will have the opportunity to experience all styles of music from Pop to Samba in a practical setting.

Within the course you will experience:

Listening Skills
You will develop listening skills across the course starting with Popular music which will be enhanced by actually learning to play in the various styles that you have to know about.

Your creative side will be pushed and challenged through composition, where you will be able to create tunes in any style, using industry standard software on our brand new Apple Mac facilities.

The course focuses on performing a solo and a group piece. You would receive lessons on performance technique and the ability to play an instrument already would be beneficial but not essential.

Qualifications required
There are no qualifications required although enthusiasm and commitment to Music as a subject is required.

UNIT 1 20%
This is the listening paper lasting 1 hour and includes Music from Popular, World and Art music.

UNIT 2 20%
This is the first composition unit. Consisting of 20 hours informal assessment, you will be using Logic Pro on the Apple computers to create a piece of music. Composition training will be given throughout the year.

UNIT 3 40%
This is the performance unit consisting of one solo performance of your choice and one group performance. Performance is the basis for the whole course and will under-pin learning in all four units.

UNIT 4 20%
This is the second of your composition units and allows you 25 hours of time to create a different piece of music.

Units 3 and 4 are internally assessed and units 1 and 2 are externally assessed. All units are moderated externally.

General Comments
Any one intending to complete this course needs to be ready to experience all types of music. Also be willing to develop their skills independently.

Students’ Comments

“I was able to really excel on this course as it is mostly practical and I like playing my guitar.”

“I thought it was all going to be Beethoven and Mozart but actually it was more Jessie J and Girls Aloud….with a little bit of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.”

“I was worried about the listening but needn’t have worried…it was quite easy!”

“I had support from my teacher but also my friends were able to help me when I got stuck and this made it more fun.”


At Outwood Academy Ripon, our students have the opportunity to develop their skills in food, textiles and construction technology. We have an extremely successful department and a high number of students opt to take a technology at GCSE level.

Course Description:

One Year – 9/10/11
The course covers four main areas:
• Food product design, development and market influences – researching and developing recipes to create new food products.
• Food as a material – its properties and working characteristics, the effect of temperature on food, the effects of processing.
• The nutritional properties of food – characteristics of the main nutrients, healthy eating guidelines, effects of deficiencies, special diets, e.g., diabetics, coeliacs
• Food manufacturing and processing – develop food products by combining ingredients and using a wide range of techniques, processes and equipment. Consideration of health and safety, social, moral, cultural and environmental implications in producing a food product.

Examination Board – AQA


The course is based on:
•a written examination at the end of the course 40%
•coursework – a single design and make activity, set by the
exam board. This is a Controlled Assessment undertaken over 45 hours during the second half of the course. This consists of developing a 3 dimensional product and a design folder of evidence. 60%

You must complete both elements to be awarded a grade.

General Comments:
This course is designed to provide opportunities for investigation, designing, making and evaluation which focus on the use of food as a material.
You are expected to participate in all practical sessions, especially if skills and knowledge of working with food are to be developed for the final project. Some expense will be incurred but we shall endeavour to keep this at a reasonable level.

Students who have not participated in practical work in Years 7 and 8, for reasons other than absence, will find the course unsuitable.

Students will be encouraged to apply ICT and key skills in their coursework.
Students should attend weekly after school coursework support sessions to help them meet their deadlines so that coursework is completed on time.

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”