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Aesthetics & Design

The Aesthetics and Design Department offers Art, Design & Technology (D&T), Food and Consumer Education (FCE) and Music. These subjects are taught to all Lower Secondary students. Art, D&T and Music are offered to Upper Secondary students as elective subjects.


The curriculum aims to cultivate visual literacy and an appreciation for art and design.

A visually literate student will be able to observe, understand and make meaning of the world they are in. They will also be able to communicate their ideas through visuals. A student who appreciates art will be able to recognise the relevance of art and find art valuable in their lives.

Lower Secondary Curriculum

  • Acrylic Painting
  • Animation (Cinema 4D)
  • 3D Modelling (Cinema 4D)
  • Pencil / Colour Pencil Rendering
  • Digital Photography
  • Photo Editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Study of Visual Arts (SOVA)
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Upper Secondary Curriculum

  • Pencil / Colour Pencil Rendering
  • Marker Rendering
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Observational Drawing and Painting
  • Digital Photography
  • Photo Editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Study of Visual Arts (SOVA)
  • Visits to art venues and exhibitions
  • Overseas Art Exposure Trips (E.g. Taiwan, Korea)

The St. Andrew’s Secondary Art Unit also supports other schools in the following areas as part of its South Zone Centre of Excellence for Design Programme:
  • Professional Sharing of Teaching Pedagogy 
  • Learning Journeys to Art Venue / Other institutions 
  • Coursework Sharing for Secondary Schools

Design & Technology (D&T)

The D&T unit aims to nurture students who are passionate about innovation and design, and place an importance of contributing back to society through knowledge and innovative technology. Students develop critical thinking skills via problem-solving and creating design solutions. 

Lower Secondary Curriculum

  • Sketching and Drawing
  • Research and Information Gathering
  • Ideation process
  • Cardboard Modelling
  • Basic Concepts and Applications of Mechanisms
  • Structures and Electronics
  • Working with Plastics, Wood and Aluminium
  • Basic Computer Aided Design

In addition, students’ learning experience is enhanced through the following programmes which we organise throughout the year:
  • Saints Millennium Race (Intra-School Competition)
  • Crocodile Clips Program for NT (Basic)
  • Solidworks Program (Basic)
  • F1 in Schools Workshop for RKS Adams

Upper Secondary Curriculum

The Upper Secondary D&T curriculum focuses largely on skills that would prepare them to handle the coursework component of the national examinations. The coursework component consists of the Design Journal, Presentation Boards and Artefact and it takes up 70% of the total score for the subject. 

Students will acquire the following skill sets:
  • Sketching and Drawing
  • Planning and Monitoring a Project
  • Design Process- Research and Information Gathering
  • Cardboard modelling- Concepts and Applications of Mechanisms 
  • Structures and Electronics
  • Machine operations (Centre lathe, Wood lathe, Vacuum forming, Blow moulding)
  • Working with Plastic, Wood and Aluminium
  • Computer Aided Design

In addition to the standard curriculum, students’ learning experience is enhanced through the following programmes which we organise throughout the year:
  • Crocodile Clips Program for NT
  • Pro-Desktop Program for NT
  • Solidworks Program
  • Bridge Building Competition 
  • Wheelchair Ramp Fabrication for Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Programme 

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Food and Consumer Education

The Home Economics Unit aims to enrich students’ experience in equipping themselves with the basic skills for independent living through the principles of nutrition, food management, textiles cum clothing design and consumer education.


Apron Design Lessons
The apron printing lesson is one of the first few lessons for Secondary One students. During these lessons, the students are introduced to the Green Street software which allows students to design their own name to print on their apron. This IT enriched lesson introduces design skills and helps to promote a sense of ownership as students design their own aprons and use them in subsequent lessons when they are cooking. 
Cooking Assessment
Practical cooking assessments are conducted during lessons for all lower secondary students. This is a good channel of assessment where students are assessed on their cooking skills. This is a student-centered lesson as students learn from their own mistakes. They also learn about the importance of good hygiene in the kitchen, simple housekeeping procedures and also time management skills.
Course Work Modules (Secondary 1 Express classes)
Course work is a higher-order thinking project work that is carried out for all Secondary One classes.

In this challenging project work, students are given a case study about a person with a health condition, eg: Diabetic, Hypertension, Heart disease or Obesity and are expected to create a healthy meal for this person. 

Students will need to go through weeks of research, planning and decision making before proceeding to buy the necessary ingredients that they have planned to cook for their case study. The cooking is assessed during their practical lessons.
‘Recycling’ Projects (Secondary 2)
The ‘Recycling’ project aims to encourage students to utilize ready/ used materials in innovative ways. Students are tasked to use discarded materials and make them into aesthetically pleasing flower holders.
‘Teach less Learn More’ Projects
The TLLM project aims to help students to take charge of their own learning. This project helps prepare students to be able to look for relevant information on the internet and make them to be able to create their own PowerPoint slides to help them learn. This is a very interesting project that allows a wide range of creativity amongst students. Students feedback that they have learnt far more than what the text book has to offer. This opens up the horizon of our students, thus better preparing them with the right skills for tertiary education. Since this is a group project, it also allows students to interact better with their classmates and teaches them social skills.

Achievements in 2012

SASS food photography competition 2012 was organised by our own school teachers together with Passion photographers. These entries were judged by Mr William Teo, the director of Passion Photography. Top 3 students with good pictures of food were given trophies. 

One of the winning entries taken by our Secondary One student.
End-of-Year practical exam of Chicken in a
Jacket done by Secondary Two students.

A delicious set up for a restraint setting
done by Secondary Two students for their
End-of Year exams.

A lovely dinner setup arrangement of
Chicken in a Jacket by our Secondary
Two students.