Art and DT

Art

Seaford College has long been recognised as having one of the strongest Art and Design departments in the South of England. With Fine Art, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Textile Design and 3D studies all studied at GCSE and Photography added as an A Level, the opportunities for pupils with creative talent are exceptional.

All pupils study Art once a week in KS2 and KS3. Many choose to study one, or sometimes two, of the disciplines at GCSE and are highly successful. The take up at A Level is very high and pupils can even do a mixed media ‘unendorsed’ course if they so wish.

Facilities within the department are superb. A suite of computers, a print-making area equipped for silk screen, relief printing and etching, a photographic studio and dark room, textiles area and two kilns make almost everything possible. The newly acquired software to enable stop frame animation has added yet another dimension to the subjects on offer.

A great many students go on to do foundation courses at top art colleges and some even manage to bypass that stage and are accepted straight onto university degree courses.

Design & Technology

The DT area is exceptionally well resourced with facilities for woodwork, metalwork and plastics. CAD and CAM equipment is available attached to a router and laser cutting equipment and is well used by the students in making high quality products.

All pupils in KS2 and KS3 get the opportunity to use the DT facilities and a number of exciting projects in plastics, wood and metal ensure that they gain the necessary skills. At GCSE both DT Resistant Materials and Food Technology are available to students in the option blocks. A Level Product Design is a popular choice for those students continuing into the Sixth Form.

The DT department has become well known for its electric cars, which compete in the Greenpower events at Goodwood, Seaford were National Champions in 2007. They have also become a regional centre for the Formula 1 in the schools challenge where teams design cars to propell down a track powered by compressed air.