NEW-BRIDGE INTEGRATED COLLEGE ART AND DESIGN DEPARTMENT
Mrs E McKeown: Head of Art & Design
Ms D Jenkins: Teacher of Art & Design
Mr J Mullen: Art & Design Technician
Participation in and appreciation of the visual arts and the development of visual literacy are a fundamental part of the intellectual development of all children. This development is an intrinsic element in any policy on education based on the principles of breadth and balance. The fundamental aim of Art and Design in the curriculum is to develop the pupils’ artistic and intellectual potential, aesthetic sensitivity and whole brain maturity.
As a subject it gives pupils an opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and skills, express their ideas and feelings about themselves and the world they live in. This is done by using a wide range of stimuli, materials, processes and resources.
It is a subject which develops imagination, observation and critical awareness, and builds high self-esteem through a genuine sense of personal achievement.
The element of design in the subject creates an awareness of social and economic standards which are implicit in today’s world, offering career opportunities often overlooked in more traditional establishments.
Art and Design as a subject has much to offer other subjects in heightening the need for visual awareness as a powerful learning tool.
Art is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and is one of the most popular options at GCSE level and A Level. At Key Stage 3 students follow a course using themed projects within the discipline of: graphics, ICT, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printing and textiles. At Key Stage 4 and 5 students follow the CCEA Northern Ireland specification.
The standard of art work produced by our students has risen each year due to hard work and a real enthusiasm for the subject. On average, New-Bridge Art and Design department has had a 98% A*-C across all exam classes.
The art department team comprises of three members of teaching staff and a full time technician. The department consists of 2D and 3D purpose built classrooms, ceramics annex, textile room, ICT resource room and photography studio. The art suite looks on to the playing fields and has an uninterrupted view of the surrounding countryside.
Extra-curricular activities include a break time club for year 11 students (Wednesday), ‘get smART’ after school senior art club (Tuesday) and which are both well attended.
New-Bridge College students have been very successful in a number of awards and bursaries including:Carson Bursary for KS5 2016
- Carson Prize for KS4 2016
- Carson Bursary for KS5 2015
- Carson Prize for KS4 2015
- HUMANEYES bursary 2015
- Banbridge Musical Society Poster Design Competition 2014
- Junk Kouture Regional Finalist 2016
- Junk Kouture Regional Finalist 2015
- Junk Kouture All Island Finalist 2014
It is the policy of the Art and Design department to establish links with as many individuals working in the field of the visual arts as possible. In the past number of years we have been able to invite sculptors, painters, a jeweller, textile artists and ceramicists. Many of our past pupils are invited back to the department and present workshops on their current practice to junior and exam students.
The department prides itself on its level of involvement within the life of the school and the local community. The SPIRAL project with year 10 students afforded links with a school in Drogheda and pupils are currently working on a Shared Education project with pupils from Banbridge High School. Our pupils have also been involved with Bannview Nursing home in a number of projects. Close involvement with Music and Drama has always provided exciting opportunities to explore areas of stage and set design.
The Art and Design department aims to ensure that Art and Design education is regarded as a fundamental experience for all young people and is an essential part of their intellectual development.