Creative Design Overview

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Welcome to the Creative Design Faculty

The faculty is organised into two departments:
Art and textiles - and Design & Technology:

Department Layout

Art and Textiles

The Art department offers a wide and varied KS3, to ensure all students experience a range of materials and disciplines before selecting KS4 options. GCSEs offered are:  Art and Design, Textile Art and Creative Design. The Creative Design course combines a range of disciplines but with a primary focus on photography. Our students achieved 100% A*-C in both Art and Textiles, for the third consecutive year, and are the highest results in the county.

Art is a special subject combining skills of independence, rigour, concentration, tenacity and fun!

Art is useful for many career paths. Being a professional artist is a great aspiration but the skills of the artist are useful in Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture, Fashion Design, Hairdressing, Animation, Video game Design and Interior Decoration.

Art offers opportunities to get out of the classroom at times to visit galleries and to work with artists.

If you have the opportunity visit our annual Art Exhibition held at the Penwith Gallery; GCSE work is displayed and does not look out of place among professional displays. An added bonus for our students is that their work is so wonderful that they are able to sell to the public!

We are excited this year by our developing links with St Ives School of Art and The Leach Pottery.

Design and Technology

The Design and Technology Department incorporates four subject areas: Food and Nutrition, Graphic products, Electronic Products, and Resistant Materials:

Food Technology

The Food Technology team consists of full time teacher, Miss K Goldsworthy, with the support of full time specialist technician Mrs J Trotman. Miss Goldsworthy has a passion for teaching Food Technology and the creative opportunities it offers students.

We have a well-equipped, recently refurbished, food technology room with interactive whiteboard and good access to ICT.

The curriculum at KS3 has been reviewed in line with new programmes of study and the progression framework. It focuses on development of food practical skills, cooking and nutrition.

At KS4 we currently offer the new GCSE AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition. Food is a popular subject with our students and one in which they do well.

We all need to ‘eat to live’ and through food practical work students develop skills for life, whether it is to enjoy food as a social activity or to further extend their skills into a successful career with worldwide job opportunities. Future options include Food Science; Dietetics, Nutrition and Health; Food and Beverage Manufacturing; Product Design, Research, Development and Production; Marketing, Food Photography, Magazines and the Media; Catering in large or small establishments.

Electronic Products

Electronic Products concentrates on making skills using electronic circuitry, programming and Resistant Materials.

Students will learn how to design and programme electronic circuits to solve electronic problems, whilst learning how to make appropriate casings using wood, metal and plastic.

We aim to develop creativity and problem solving skills, using the latest forms of technology available including CAD/ CAM, relevant to the modern world of design and engineering.

The subject offers a range of extracurricular opportunities. For example, an electronic car is being constructed to race against other schools at Newquay airport as part of the Green power Challenge. Built into the Electronic Products curriculum are trips to Exeter University’s Engineering department, Truro College, and Falmouth University. Currently we are establishing links with local design and engineering firms so that students have a clear impression of the dynamic nature of the workplace.

Studying Electronic Products can lead to a wide variety of courses, apprenticeships and careers in the world of Design and Engineering. This course can prepare you for a career in Electronic Design, Engineering, Product Design, Mechanics, among others.

Graphic Products

This is the most computer based subject within D&T, and can be defined as: the art of visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience. It is the subject that drives modern marketing and advertising.  However, students frequently design 3D products such a packaging so construction skills are still highly valued.

Cross curricular links with subject such as Art, Mathematics and English are strong.

Of all of the D&T options Graphics has the greatest emphasis on the use of computers. Students

Applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), Laser cutting and 3D printing are fundamental aspects of the subject. In addition, students will experience: 2 D Design Tools, Pro Desktop, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. In such a fast moving and exciting subject, new programmes are always introduced. Students need to be innovative and respond to new challenges and techniques presented. In addition to constructing a 3D product the subject familiarises students with the design process and knowledge of designers. This involves product research, materials evaluation, and consideration of production techniques.

The subject open paths towards a diverse range of employment opportunities: advertising, architecture, graphic design, photography, media, product design and publishing.

Graphic Products aims to utilise externally run national competitions, which dovetail with the curriculum. This helps set realistic design briefs and widen student’s perspectives and inspirations. St Ives students have excelled in this area, and won national recognition over the last seven years in competitions such as PrintIT, Fair Trade, Dulux Design Challenge, Cardboard Packaging Design competition, Design Museum and the Eco Design Challenge. Please search these competitions online to see our work! This year 8 students were invited to Leicester University to be awarded prises for PrintIT, with one student winning the overall prize. Also a team of our students won the Dulux challenge, which will results in one of Duplex’s designer visiting our Art department to put £5000 into realising our teams designs.

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials encourages students to think like a designer to tackle problems and develop solutions. Investigation of world problems and developing marketable products underpins the course.

Students develop a wide range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding.  Students pick up invaluable transferable skills such as problem-solving and time management, skills which employers look for.  Students are directed to work with confidence and self-direction, communicate ideas, and learn how to manufacture solutions to problems.

This subject really helps you if you want a career in engineering, construction, plumbing, design, electrical installations, carpentry, motor mechanics, landscape gardening, farming, etc. Resistant Materials is useful as it develops your confidence when working with materials such as wood and metal which can be used in later life when engaged in DIY projects or repairing household objects.

This year the Government’s Construction Adviser launched a ‘Adopt a School’ campaign. The idea is for construction related companies to ‘buddy up’ with their local schools to promote career opportunity in the construction industry. We have been adopted by BBBPC architects firm.