Art, Craft & Design

Our aim is to give students a broad understanding and appreciation of the visual world, through making art as well as analysing, engaging with and reflecting upon artwork. Students are actively encouraged to take pride in their work, become confident using a variety of media and to develop their own creativity.

We aim to introduce students to traditional and contemporary artists as well as designers, photographers, different cultures and craftspeople. As the world becomes increasingly image-driven, it is vital that all students develop and improve their visual literacy, being literate now means not just reading and writing, but understanding the impact images have on our lives.

The Art Department is situated in two fully furnished art rooms. We have the facilities to work in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media, textiles, three-dimensional work and printing. We also use our ICT Department to access a range of digital software and produce artwork using new digital media.

The Art, Craft and Design Learning Journey provides a general overview of what students will cover in this subject.

View the Art, Craft & Design Learning Journey.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a structured scheme of work that provides basic building block skills as well as opportunities to creatively interpret set briefs. Each student works in their own A5 sketchbook to record observations, experiment and design final pieces. All students are taught Art up to Year 9, when a large number opt to continue their studies at GCSE.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 
  • Colour
  • Mark Making
  • Under the Sea
  • Blockheads
  • Landscape
  • Architecture
  • Identity
  • Monsters and Aliens
  • Food Glorious Food
  • Bio-mimicry
  • Living Organisms
  • Gothic Art
  • African Art
  • Cut Outs
  • Eco-Fashion Show
  • Japanese Art

At GCSE, students are encouraged to develop more refined skills and critically analyse their own and other artists’ work. This allows them to understand the context of their work and the inspiration behind different types of artwork.

Students will usually complete 3 projects from the list below and then undertake the externally set assignment after Christmas in Year 11.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Natural Forms
  • East meets West
  • Anatomical Drawing
  • Close Up
  • Whimsical Creatures
  • The Built Environment
Exam board: AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design 8201

The course consists of 2 units; Coursework and an Externally Assessed Assignment.

Coursework 60%

60% consisting of project work based on a series of themes.

Exam 40%

A practical project selected from a range of starting points provided by the exam board, culminating in a final piece. Students have a preparatory period of approximately 4 months and then complete a 10 hour final piece.

Find out more about this qualification.

View the GCSE course specification

GCSE Art, Craft & Design Video


Mr S Taylor | Subject Leader Creative Industries
Mrs J Kelly | Teacher of Art, Craft & Design
Miss F Robinson | Teacher of Art, Craft & Design and Photography
Miss J Dodd | Art Technician | Artist in Residence

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