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Welcome to Art & Design

  • 81% pass rate for Art
  • 95% pass rate for Photography

"A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others"

Salvador Dali

What will you study?

Art and Design & Photography lets you explore your creative side.

Using different starting points and themes you will create work that explores and develops your ideas into finished projects. Our talented and skilled team of teachers are able to guide you through a huge range of techniques, processes and materials.

At Key stage 3, through the elective curriculum slots, you will begin to build up a set of skills covering techniques and media such as drawing, paint, clay, print and collage. Students have the option of choosing art as a GCSE subject for years 9,10 & 11. Year 9 students will complete one more year of skills development, exploring artists and creating projects in preparation for their portfolio.

During the Year 10 & 11 course you will:

  • Be introduced to new skills, techniques and materials, create a portfolio of Art work that includes painting, drawing, sculpture, mark-making, photography, ICT and printmaking.
  • Learn how develop your ideas through materials testing.
  • Learn how to evaluate and review your work, so you can work to your strengths.
  • Complete written work and essays to support your artwork.
  • Get to explore art history, old and new.

Why study GCSE Art and Design or Photography?


  • you want to be creative and imaginative and have a particular love of Art
  • you have the drawing skills to engage in art and are being awarded level 5 in your current art class
  • you enjoy learning about artists, designers, illustrators and sculptors
  • you have an interest in an Art based career

How is it assessed?

GCSE Art & GCSE Photography is split into 2 sections, coursework and an exam, using the AQA Exam board. Coursework is worth 60% and is one large portfolio of work that is built up from your best work created over the two years. The 10 hour exam is worth 40%. The exam is a very similar format to the coursework; you are given starting points to work from and are asked to create a set of preparation that shows the development and exploration of your ideas. The preparation is counted as 75% of the exam grade. Art is split into 4 assessment objectives; each of the objectives is worth equal marks, i.e. 25% of the total.

The assessment objectives are:

AO1 - Developing ideas

This looks at how you develop ideas through investigation and research. Here you are required to look at other cultures, artists and designers.

AO2 - Refining ideas

Looks at how you refine your ideas by experimenting with a wide range of different materials, processes & techniques.

AO3 - Recording ideas

Checks your ability to write & record ideas, you are required to make detailed and relevant observations in written, visual and other forms.

AO4 - Presenting a personal response

Finally this marks how well you put your ideas together to create the finished work, it needs to show how your research and experiments have inspired your work.

AO1-AO3 are recorded using a combination of design sheets and sketchbook work.

What are the requirements to follow these courses?

You must have a love for art. All students who choose this course must be prepared to practice, refine and push themselves to achieve. You are required to attend after school club at least once a week and complete one piece of work at home each week.

What could I do after completing this course?

GCSE Art and Design and GCSE Photography provide many opportunities. You could choose to continue your studies at AS or A2. The GCSE course provides an excellent starting point for many Art industries, through choosing GCSE you will gain valuable skills, techniques, ideas and art history knowledge. The course could lead you towards becoming an Artist, Designer, Illustrator, etc…. the careers are endless. Art helps provide you with a creative perspective which can help in many careers including engineering, architecture, mathematics and science.

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