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Options for Year 9 Students 2019-20 – information for students and parents.

In Year 9 the Creative Arts and Design are offered in a series of modules. During the year, you will study four different modules. A weekly double period for half a year is allocated to each module.

In 2019-20 modules will be offered as follows:


  • Architecture (D1)
  • 3D Design (D2)
  • Sustainable Design (D3)


  • Song Writing (M1)
  • Music in Performance (M2)
  • Composing for Film (M3)


  • Makeup (T1)
  • Choreography for Musical Theatre (T2)
  • Comedy in Performance (T3)
  • Text in Performance (T4)
  • Behind the Scenes (T5)
  • Stage Combat (T6)

Visual Arts

  • Storytelling: The Figure (A1)
  • Painting for Song (A2)
  • Project Runway sculptural fashion challenge (A3)
  • Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors (A4)
  • Memes, Viral Video, Gifs and Identity (A5)
  • Reduction Technique Printmaking (A6)

Choosing four modules 

  1. Indicate your 1st and 2nd choices within each block.
  2. Rank the four subjects in order of importance.
  3. Remember that it is a requirement of the programme that you take one module from each of Art (A), Design (D), Music (M) and Theatre (T) in the course of the year. 
  4. It is important to read the course descriptions below before choosing. 
  5. Note that there are minimum and maximum group sizes for each module. We cannot guarantee that every module will run. 
  6. Note that there is a proficiency requirement for M2.

Course descriptions:


Architecture (D1) 

Bridge design is becoming an increasingly important aspect of modern urban development. Feature bridges can become an iconic centre piece to a city as well as a vital communication link. Students will develop their CAD skills to design a new bridge for a specific brief developed by the students after researching the topic. The course may include some fieldwork around Cambridge to help the students understand the context of the project.

3D design (d2) 

In 3D Design, students will develop a household product from a specific theme. Recently, the students have worked with the theme 'sound and light'. This course will give students the opportunity to write their own brief and to develop their skills in designing and making gained from previous years. Students will be expected to consider a range of materials and how to problem solve to reach engineering solutions for shaping, forming or joining problems. Students will consolidate their understanding of different circuit designs to create very exciting and original outcomes.  

sustainable design (D3) 
The Sustainable design module is about researching sustainable materials and designing and making a product; to develop a much greater awareness of environmental issues when designing our future. Students will study new ways of designing buildings, systems and products, they will generate their own brief for a new product. They will study ways of using materials more economically, upcycling products and generally developing a more environmental approach when creating new designs. sustainable design




Song writing (M1)
In this module you will investigate how different pop songs are constructed and write and record your own songs, using apps such as GarageBand. No instrumental experience is required, but if you do play instruments such as piano or guitar, you can choose to use these skills within this module. You will not need to sing on your own, but please be prepared to sing in a small group. However, if you do enjoy singing individually you will get plenty of opportunities when recording your own songs!
music in performance (M2) 

If you take individual instrumental lessons and would like to develop your performance skills further, this module will give you the opportunity to rehearse and perform in small groups. If you would like to learn more about composing for your own instrument or arranging music for other instruments, the module will be flexible enough to allow for this too. This module is appropriate for instrumentalists of Grade 3+ standard (Grade 4+ for pianists who don't play another instrument).

composing for film (M3)
Music plays a vital part in creating the atmosphere in films. In this module you will investigate the techniques film composers use to make you feel nervous and frightened – or happy and cheerful! You will make your own short film using apps such as iMovie and then use music technology to record its sound track. No instrumental experience is required, but if you do play an instrument you can choose to use these skills within this module.


makeup (T1)

In this module you will explore different stage makeup techniques and learn how to design the makeup for a wide range of different characters. You will experiment with techniques to achieve appropriate makeup for fantasy characters, explore different aging techniques for older characters and learn how to create wounds and injuries such as cuts, bruises and bullet wounds. All of the designs we create will be linked to characters from theatre texts. We will also consider the effects of stage lighting, costume and hairstyles.

For this module, you need to be prepared to act as model as well as makeup artist.

choreography for musical theatre (T2)
This is a performance-based module in which you will develop your skills as both a performer and choreographer. You will begin by exploring the role of the choreographer in theatre. You will explore musical numbers from a variety of different musicals and you will also consider the role of choreography in physical theatre. You will learn to choreograph and develop your own sequences for performance, both in a musical theatre style and using physical theatre.  At the end of the course you will perform your own choreographed routines as part of the Year 9 Creative Arts Evening.
Comedy in Performance (T3)
This is a performance-based module in which you will develop your skills as an actor and which will focus on using comedy in performance. Like the Text in Performance module you will begin by looking at ways of performing different styles of theatre and experimenting with a range of play texts. You will explore different ways in which to bring out the humour. You will also explore different ways of incorporating comedy into your own original pieces of devised performance and there will be opportunities to develop your improvisation skills. 
text in performance (T4)
This is a performance-based module in which you will develop your skills as an actor and which will focus on using text for performance. You will start by looking at ways of performing different styles of theatre, experimenting with a range of play texts including Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, musical theatre and modern scripts. You will have an opportunity to work with the sound and lighting equipment in the Drama Studio and consider how staging and design can support the performance work. Towards the end of the course you will work in a group to create a piece of theatre for performance as part of the Year 9 Creative Arts Evening.
behind the scenes (T5)
This is not a performance-based module: in this course you will consider the role of the design teams who work behind the scenes and you will have the opportunity to help design and create some of the costumes, props or set for the spring and summer term middle school productions. You could find yourselves designing and creating anything from giant props and pieces of painted set to masks, puppets, costumes and even make-up. At the end of the course you will be able to see your creations being used on stage in the production; some students may also have the opportunity to work backstage during the performances as part of the crew. 
Stage combat and text (T6)
This is a performance-based module. To begin with you will learn some basic stage combat techniques. You will then explore a number of different extracts of text that involve a battle, fight or argument and you will devise and choreograph your own fight routines for each of the scenes, both with and without ‘weapons’. In addition to creating some more serious battle scenes you will also consider how stage combat can be used in slapstick routines to create comedy. 

Visual Arts

Fine Art Creative Modules ECW

Storytelling: The figure (A1)

Using a range of sculptural techniques you will depict animal or human forms to express character within the context of a story. Teaching will focus on how to use clay processes including; modelling, joining and slab construction to build a series of test models. Through expressive drawing, your own photographs, internet research and focus on a book, film or play, you will be able to design and develop personal ideas. Pinterest will be used to access relevant artists’ work for inspiration. You will have the freedom to decide upon a style of influence in order to make a large scale animal or human figure sculpture using clay and finish it using glazes. This course provides an excellent stepping stone to the GCSE Art course.


painting for song (A2)

In this project you will choose song lyrics to inspire your creative ideas. The relationship between Art and Music will be investigated and you will examine how drawing to music affects your expressive techniques. These and images sourced from the internet will provide initial images for your portfolio. iPad apps will be used to encourage imaginative responses to the theme. You will access Pinterest to refer to a range of contemporary and historical Art styles of your choice. Whilst working on canvas, oil and acrylic painting skills will be built upon, to produce exciting outcomes. We will be using QR codes to trigger a video that you make about the process of your painting. This course provides an excellent stepping stone to the GCSE Art course.


Textiles Creative Modules BDK

Project Runway sculptural fashion challenge (A3)

This is a fashion based exploration of sculptural techniques, looking at the creation of simple garments using found and recycled materials. Each week students will face a 60 minute challenge and hone their constructing skills in the textiles studio. Students will learn how to develop designs and think on their feet, to collaborate and problem solve with each new material, and relate these to other experimental designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan. They will learn about basic pattern cutting and construction using a mannequin. Sewing machine skills will be essential and will be developed in the later stages of the project. Students will explore sketchbook and design techniques and may be required to purchase their own decorative fabrics/bring in found clothing in the later stages of the project.

Fashion challengeFashion

Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors (A4)

This module offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and develops your understanding of printed textiles. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes for both fashion and interiors. You will explore a range of experimental techniques covering printed samples, experimental print pieces, laser cut fabrics & screen printed pattern. We will cover early print techniques such as dye transfer, lino / polyblock print, as well as silk painting and offset monoprint. You will build a portfolio of textures, colours and fabric in a physical and digital portfolio, and get your fingers dirty!


Digital Media Creative Modules DCS

MEMEs, Viral Video, Gifs and Identity (A5)

This module is about exploring the history and culture of memes around Identity. You will research the intention and identities of successful creators (e.g. youtubers), their styles and their audiences. Memes are images, video, piece of text, etc. typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users.

You will research these, choose your theme and meme and create a series of ‘Identity’ artworks of short videos or animations and art GIFS, while ensuring anonymity if these are posted online. iMovie and Photoshop will be used to create content although and there is an opportunity to learn Final Cut Pro, a professional editing programme, if you are are already proficient with film-making. A blog and a sketchbook is used to record your process. 

Viral video


Printmaking Creative Module JWH


Reduction Technique Printmaking (a6)


Using the technique of reduction printing, you will produce two prints made up of four colours using the process of both lino and silk screen based methods.  You will have the freedom to select your own theme for your images, that you will initially produce through photographic processes.

Teaching will focus on the technical procedures of creating your prints stage by stage in order to produce an accomplished and professional outcome.  

You will develop your initial ideas through artists research in order to influence your ideas, themes, style, size and scale.  

This course provides an excellent technical grounding in order to facilitate the GCSE Art course.