Designers solve problems; artists imaginatively create. There exists a grey area between the two; it is the opinion of many practitioners, that the best designers and perhaps the best artists exist and practice in this grey area. We need only to look closely at the designs of some of the most well-known designers, including Philippe Starck, Jonathan Ive, Michael Graves and James Dyson, to substantiate this view.
There is nothing new about this way of thinking, it was a fundamental principle of the Bauhaus in the 1920’s and 30’s that art and design should co-exist, that there should be a fusion of the two and that this, coupled with the effective harnessing of modern production methods, would provide the best designs in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.
In many schools, broadly speaking, the main focus in Art Departments is to imaginatively create and in Design Technology Departments to solve problems.
Here at Wolgarston, we approach things a little differently. We have gone a long way down the path of fusion, in principle and in structure. The BTEC Art and Design courses embrace imaginatively creative textiles, graphics, fine art and photography work, facilitating a more holistic and realistic approach to effective art and design studies. Our BTEC Construction, GCSE and A level Product Design courses, provide increased flexibility, facilitating the needs of a broader range of students.
As a faculty we aim to provide a focus and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities for our students. Art, Design and Technology studies at all levels is thematic based; each assignment has a chosen theme and educational visits are organised to relate to each theme.
These include visits to museums and galleries, industrial organisations and practices and visual studies field trips. Visiting speakers, including professional artists, designers and past students who have completed higher level studies, provide an invaluable insight to current professional practice and help to inform our students decisions regarding their own career choices.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YBDS9FN - Student Survey 4/2/2014