At Laurelhill Community College we have a thriving, well equipped Art Department suitable for those wishing to study Art at a higher level.
Pupils can choose to follow the GCSE Art and Design course in years 11 and 12. The course is two years in length. Pupils are guided and encouraged at all stages of the course. They find it interesting, enjoyable and satisfying. Many valuable skills are established.
A Level Art
At Laurelhill Community College we have an industrious and stimulating Art Department which caters for the needs of those wishing to continue studying Art to A Level. Many of our pupils go on to study Art at University. Similar to the AS Course, A Level is completed in one year. The Assessment Objectives are similar also but the standard expected is, of course, at a higher level. There is also a written element in A Level Art called a 'Personal Investigation'. Candidates are required to complete two sections; Coursework and an Externally Set Assignment. (ESA)
The written Personal Investigation is an extended essay of 1,000 - 2,000 words. Written text should be carefully considered and arranged, demonstrating clear progression between ideas and outcomes. Pupils take great pride in the presentation of their essays, often decorating and illustrating them lavishly. The theme chosen by candidates should stem from artistic strengths and personal interests, demonstrating ability to combine experience with visual and written responses.
Visiting the 'True Colours' Exhibition in Belfast is enjoyed by all.
This course is part of 'Design and Creativity'. It consists of two units of work:
Unit One: Graphic Design
This Unit is designed to introduce learners to the basic techniques and processes used within Graphic Design. Learners are required to show understanding through a finished Design Brief. Health and Safety issues are considered.
Unit Two: Interior Design
This Unit is designed to give learners basic understanding of the skills and designs needs to work in the Interior Design Industry. They are introduced to basic Colour Theory and Design Skills. Health and Safety issues are considered.
An Art Club exists for Junior College pupils where they engage in a wide range of creative and interesting activities. Many pupils attending this Club have tremendous fun helping out with the painting of the scenery for the college Musical.
Art Support Club
This facility is open to all pupils but targets examination pupils in particular. GCSE, AS and A Level pupils are offered extra tuition and given access to all equipment in the Art Department. This gives pupils opportunities to complete work, continue with experimental techniques and prepare presentation pages for their forth-coming exhibition.