Art and Design

Art is exciting and interesting. It offers me a unique way of expressing myself. I learn new things from classic to modern. We also look at the history of where techniques come from and also learn about who does it professionally.

A qualification in Art and Design enables one to progress onto a university art course or a pre-degree foundation course in Art & Design; leading to a broad range of specialisms such as architecture, animation, game design, graphic design, printmaking, sculpture, product design, engineering design, interior, 3D, industrial, textile, fashion, theatre, transport, graphic, product and environmental design, photography, typography, computer graphics, illustration, art gallery/museum work, conservation of artworks and the history of art.




Throughout years 7, 8 & 9 you will be given various opportunities and challenges to develop creative and artistic solutions. This will include access to a good range of media and resources whilst you pursue your studies, whether it is through your own direct personal experience, observation or imagination.

To fully embrace each discipline; themed projects are pursued, each usually lasting a term and where possible we aim to use dates in the calendar to focus on particular themes.

We also aim to instil in you an enjoyment of the subject in the hope that you will continue your studies and elect to study the subject through to GCSE and maybe even to consider it for one of your advanced level subjects, and for a few of you perhaps to progress onto Art College and even beyond into a professional domain. No matter where you decide to disembark from the subject our aim is to have enriched and enhanced your appreciation of the visual arts.


GCSE Year 10 & 11 Art & Design (Edexcel)

Fine Art is the broadest of the art endorsements and enables individuals to push ideas through any of the following disciplines; drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, installation, photography and film.

What will pupils be studying?

  • To express and record personal ideas by developing skills using 2 or 3D materials.
  • To investigate possibilities through research, development, observation, analysis and experimentation.
  • To understand the world of Art, Craft and design and relate it to their work.
  • To present and communicate their work to its best advantage.
  • To work with others and solve problems.

The GCSE pupils will produce a portfolio of evidence which will have numerous mini units built into the structure of the coursework. Work is regularly marked with levels 1-9 in line with the GCSE assessment criteria of: Develop, Explore & Experiment, Record and Present. Pupils request that the assessment is realistic and aligned with year 11 standards. This way they feel that they can get a true sense of their own standards, enabling the individual from a very early stage in the course to make meaningful adjustments to their own performance. Homework and key pieces within the unit are marked and commented upon. School progress checks are based upon a series of exercises and the results reflect the grade they are working at. Discussions and individual support is routinely given so that the student knows where improvements can be made.

The department prides itself on not having a house style, preferring to focus and tease out individual differences and personal interpretations to set themes.

How is the exam award structured?

Unit 1 is a personal portfolio. The contents of which are accumulated during lessons, homework and based upon prescribed tasks. The portfolio is worth 60%.

Unit 2 is an externally set assignment that will consist of 30 hours supervised preparation, followed by a 10-hour timed exam in which a final piece is produced, and worth 40%.


GCE level Art & design (Edexcel)

Students at this level, and in particular at A2 level, are seen as mature enough to self-select and direct their own individual topics. The nature of their personal project work at this stage necessitates a range of responses. Teaching is very much based upon an individually tailored approach. At appropriate times, i.e. having carried out directed tasks work is graded with levels 1-6, where necessary directions/signposts/idea extensions are given to the students in note form and in discussion on how to meaningfully develop their work.

This course will provide the student with an experience which will develop in them an ability to communicate ideas visually; a skill which is transferable to many occupations. It will allow the individual to control media and processes and develop a greater awareness of oneself, of the environment and of culture. It offers a stimulating course of study both for students wishing to continue with Art & Design as a career, as well as those, whether Arts or Science based, who want to use Art & Design as an additional subject for University entry. Many professions require the skillful use and safe handling of tools, if dexterity is part of a career plan then art and design should be considered.

Depending on the interests and strengths of the individual, and through discussion with the subject leader an art endorsement may be taken in either Fine Art, Graphic Design or Photography.

AS Level Unit 1 Personal Investigation 50%

Unit 2 Externally Set assignment 50%, includes a controlled test of 10 hours.

A Level  Unit 1 Practical Study (72 marks) Personal Study, includes a written component of 18 marks. Total 60%

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%, includes a controlled test of 15 hours.


The Department is very well supervised and has an open door policy. After hours pupils are always given lots of extra time and support, the facilities are very well used during lunch breaks and after school.

Competitions are frequently put forward to the pupils. A recent success was a Sixth Former winning the West Midlands regional ISA competition. A GCSE pupil came second with her clay entry and a year 7 pupil received a highly commended certificate.

Key Stage 3 art trips to galleries in the West Midlands as well as Pitt Rivers Museum in the Spring term to support a group-based project.

Key Stage 4 and 5 will experience a variety of trips, visiting artists and workshop days

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