Welcome to Montrose Academy
We will endeavour to ensure: •every young person reaches the highest levels of attainment and achievement of which they are capable; •every young person will be a success and that success will be celebrated; •all our young people move on to positive and aspirational destinations; •we improve the lives and life chances of all our young people.
Head Teacher Message
Mr M. Smart, Montrose Academy's new Head Teacher, discusses the school “Vision”; supporting young people and preparing them for the future and the change of the weekly timetable to a 33 period week.
Montrose Academy has a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Extra-curricular sports and activities promote healthy habits for life and enhance the ethos of the school through clubs and teams
The school Art and Design department is modern and very well equipped. There are five classrooms within the department which is open planned and a further dedicated ICT room, mezzanine photography studio/ art library/ICT area and a separate clay area.
Pupils in Art and Design have the opportunity to experiment with a range of media and technologies. Some of the activities that they will experience include; Drawing, Painting, Lino printing, Batik, Felt Making, 3D mask making, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography and many more. Through an intensive course of activities in BGE pupils will learn the skills that enable them to create images and objects that convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design activities. Each pupil is given the opportunity to respond to, and give constructive comment on, their own work and the work of other artists and designers. Pupils will learn about influential artists and art movements both historical and contemporary and apply what they learn from looking at these artists to their own practical work.
There is a very popular after school pottery club which all pupils are welcome to join. The department have an open door policy for pupils at lunchtimes and after school for those that want to continue with class work and art studies.
Senior Phase (S4-S6)
In the Senior school pupils will have the opportunity to do Art and Design courses from National 3 level to Higher level and Higher Photography. Art and Design courses are split into two areas; Design with Critical Activity and Expressive with Critical Activity. In Expressive Activity we explore Still-life or Portraiture in a variety of media. In the Design Activity we have a number of specialisms which we teach in order to have a variety and wide range of experiences for pupils as they move through the senior Phase. The range of design activities we offer at this level include Graphic Design which involves working with Photoshop, 2D and 3D Textile Design, Illustration, Jewellery and product Design. There is an element of flexibility in our courses to cater for individual needs. Sixth year pupils, who have demonstrated a high level of ability in Art and Design, also have the opportunity to complete an Advanced Higher and / or produce a portfolio of art work for college / career applications. The Advanced Higher course allows a pupil to choose an area of specialism that they would like to explore more thoroughly in either Design activity or in Expressive Activity. The work that they produce in the Advanced Higher course also helps towards a suitable portfolio for college applications.
The Higher Photography course is separate from the other Art and Design courses. It is open to pupils who are in S5 and S6 only. It is not necessary to have done any Art and Design course before coming into Photography and all pupils of Higher ability who express an interest in this field of study are welcome. The course is designed to give pupils the knowledge and experience to confidently use camera equipment and to be able to produce and edit photographs to a professional standard. The Art & Design department is very well equipped with digital SLR camera’s, studio equipment and PC’s with Photoshop for digital editing. The course is run using digital equipment only and does not include darkroom work.
“Though I enjoy art and design, I don’t don’t think I want an art career when I leave school. What good is doing Art and Design in senior school to me?”
Because Art & Design is about your own work it allows you to develop your visual awareness; to think for yourself; to investigate and solve problems; to learn the creative process; to organise and present your work and to work collaboratively as a team or develop as a rounded individual . You learn how to communicate your own ideas, and through personal expression demonstrate your own creativity. Many employers think these qualities are very important when selecting new employees. Many pupils find that Art and Design gives an enjoyable balance to their timetable in the senior phase and regardless of whether they choose to pursue a career in art it is a valued qualification for all college and university courses and valued by employers alike.
Careers in Art:
The creative industries are the largest employer in this country. It would be impossible to list every job which has some sort of Art and Design input, but the list below is based on the type of courses offered at most Scottish Art and Design colleges and universities. Although there are many pathways to these careers, broadly speaking most people who work in these professions have had an Art and Design education. e.g. Most Architecture courses at University will insist on a portfolio and / or a Higher Art & Design.
Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Textile Designer, Animator, Theatre Designer, Gallery curator, University Lecturer, Photo-Journalist, Jeweller, T.V. and Film, Architect, Interior Designer, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Medical illustrator, Printmaker, Calligrapher, Town Planner, Advertising, Gaming Design, Ceramicist, Fashion Design, Art Historian, Museum curator, Teacher, Publishing, Film-maker, Special effects designer, Web Designer, Costume Designer, Archivist, Public Artist, Dental technician, Retail Display, Computer Aided Design, Constructed Textiles, Exhibition Designer, Photographer, Conservation, Window Dresser, Magazine Editor.