Welcome to Art & Design

Art & Design is taught at both KS3 and KS4, providing an opportunity for all students to develop their skills in a variety of different materials and techniques and gain control and confidence in using them. Students are encouraged to explore, experiment and feel safe making mistakes in a supportive and positive environment, where it is emphasised that it is important to have respect for individual work as well as the work and opinions of others.

Projects allow students to express and communicate their ideas in a visual way via sketchbook work, photography and final outcomes. We encourage students to form independent opinions on their both their own work and on the work of others artists, helping them to gain an understanding and appreciation of the wider art world, both historical and contemporary.

In terms of assessment, all pupils in both KS3 and KS4 work towards achieving points in the 4 main GCSE objectives: Develop, Refine, Record and Present. This helps the younger pupils gain an understanding of the GCSE criteria at an early stage and instils the confidence in them to be able to achieve at GCSE level.

At KS4, the GCSE course follows the EDUQAS qualification in Art & Design: Art, Craft & Design. Over the course of two years students are required to demonstrate the ability to realise creative intentions relevant to areas of study drawn from at least two of the following titles:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • Textile design
  • Three-dimensional design
  • Photography
  • Critical and contextual studies

Students may explore overlapping areas and/or combinations of disciplines within any of the above titles.