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Art & Design

In the Art and Design department we aim to provide a wide variety of creative and expressive experiences for our pupils. We aim to encourage creativity, independent thinking and an enquiring mind.  Art and Design provides pupils with unique ways of expressing feelings and ideas about the world they live in. 

Exciting and challenging units of work are in place which will enhance their awareness of the world around them. Art and Design helps to develop observational, thinking and investigative skills that are key fundamentals for any employer.

Key Stage 3

Years 8, 9 and 10 follow a broad and balanced scheme of work over a three-year period. In the first three years pupils will receive three periods each week (1 hour 30 mins).

Areas covered in each year:

Year 8:

  • Line

  • Tone

  • 3D construction

  • Colour theory

  • Contextual

  • Graphics

Year 9:

  • Line

  • Tone

  • Painting

  • Textiles

  • Photoshop

  • Movie Maker

Year 10:

  • World cultures

  • Perspective

  • Printing (lino cut)

  • 3D construction

  • Painting

  • Animation

Year 9 students have been studying pop art:


 Our pop artists were: Nathan Stagg, Thomas Rooney, Sarah Bowles, Beth McLarnon, Harry Hewitt, Erin Nelson, Eoin Douglas, Nathan McGreevy, Charlie Herron, Niamh Dawson, Sophie McCabe, Timothy Hunter, Jack Patterson, Emilee Edgar, Bethany McVey, Zoe McNeill

 Key Stage 4

At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils are given the opportunity to study GCSE Art (CCEA) with 3 hours allocated to this each week.

GCSE in Art and Design gives pupils opportunities to actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design to develop as an effective and independent learner.

Pupils will have the freedom to explore many art, craft and design skills and processes throughout the two components of the GCSE course.

Pupils will develop core knowledge, understanding and skills through their own exploratory work and the research of others’ work.  There is a focus on drawing as it is fundamental to the creative process in all art, craft and design disciplines.

All pupils develop an understanding of:

  • how artists, craftspeople or designers, contemporary and historical and from a range of periods, societies and cultures approach their work.
  • how to communicate meanings, ideas and intentions in their artwork.
  • the creative and cultural industries.

Core skills

Pupils will learn to:

  • develop their ideas through investigating images and artists.
  • use different media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies to create art and design.
  • refine their work through experimentation and organise their work as it progresses.
  • use specialist art vocabulary.

 GCSE Gallery of Work



What will I study?


Component 1

Part A:

Exploratory Portfolio

You will experiment in some of the following disciplines.

  • Fine art – drawing and painting
  • Fine art – sculpture
  • Fine art – printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Moving image or animation
  • Digital media
  • 3D design

You must explore at least two disciplines.

You will explore the processes and contexts of practitioners.

Throughout Part A you will learn how to use the formal visual elements of art and design, including:

  • colour
  • line
  • shape
  • form
  • texture
  • tone
  • pattern

Part B:

Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

You will complete one practical task, set by your teacher.

You will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Part A.

You will learn about the different roles and work practices used in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries. This may include practical opportunities, for example workshops, museum visits, gallery visits or collaborating on a project.

You will document your research and use drawing to support the development of your work.

You will produce an outcome.