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Arts, Design & Technology

Arts, Design & Technology

Our links to, and communication with the world are becoming increasingly visual. The Curriculum uses traditional and contemporary references from art and design to develop the students’ visual awareness.

Parrs Wood's well-equipped art rooms provide activities including drawing, painting, three-dimensional work and graphic work. All parts of the courses will refer to the work of artists, designers and/or different cultures.

Art develops good skills in researching and developing an idea. In an increasingly visual world, there are many art related careers, from magazine and web design to film and theatre work.

Trips and visits are organised for different year groups including workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery and City Gallery, and visits to London Galleries. The annual Parrs Wood Summer Exhibition is an opportunity to see for yourself the very high standard of Artwork produced by all our students.

Art and Design at Key Stage 4

We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4:

  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design Photography
  • Graphic Communications

Art and Design at Key Stage 5

We offer the following course in Parrs Wood Sixth Form (click on the name to see the subject leaflet):

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Over key stage 3, as a whole, each student will experience a wide range of technological activities in the form of “Design and Make Tasks” (DMT’s). These DMT’s develop skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Design and Technology at Key Stage 4

Here are the courses which we offer to our Key Stage 4 students:

  • Construction and the Built Environment - BTEC
  • Engineering - BTEC
  • VTCT Level 2 Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Catering - GCSE
  • Food Technology - GCSE
  • Graphic Communications - GCSE
  • Product Design - GCSE
  • Creative Textiles and Fashion- GCSE

Click here to view our Booklet 1 on work produced by our students in Art, Design & Technology

Click here to view our Booklet 2 on work produced by our students in Art, Design & Technology