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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.

Art

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)
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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
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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. 

Programmes include:
 
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.
 
Coursework Modules 
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 a meal based on an assigned case study (e.g. for a person with diabetes). The cooking is assessed during their practical lessons.
 
‘Recycling’ Projects 
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.

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