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Visual Arts

Art & Design

The Art Department aims to give each student the opportunity to engage in a range of exciting and inspiring practical art projects ranging from Printmaking to Manga and Portraiture. Our aim is to ensure that every student has access to a number of artistic disciplines and to encourage independent learning through being creative, independent and imaginative. Students study a range of artists, designers and craftspeople by experimenting and developing their skills and knowledge through working with different materials, techniques and processes.

Key Stage 3

At the start of year 7 all students are issued two sketchbooks – one for classwork and the other for homework. Each term, students are set three main homework tasks which are aimed at developing a students’ observation drawing skills. Each year students will complete three themed practical projects based on studying different artists and styles of art. The themes are as follows:

Year 7:

Project 1 – Line & Mark Making

Project 2 – Colour Theory

Project 3 – Birds and Animals


Year 8:

Project 1 – Drawing Techniques

Project 2 – Aboriginal Art

Project 3 – Georgia O’Keefe – Life and Decay


Year 9:

Project 1 – Outline and print making.

Project 2 – Architecture

Project 3 – Identity



Every student will produce work in their sketchbook documenting the artistic processes carried out in key stage 3. This working journal shows student’s progress throughout years 7-9.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

Art, craft and design

This is an excellent general introduction to the study of art, craft and design. You’ll look at different approaches to art and use lots of different media, techniques and materials. You will also study two more areas from the list below.


Graphic communication

Learn how to design visual materials to convey information, ideas, meaning and   emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief. Areas of study include               communication graphics, advertising, branding, package design, typography and motion graphics.


Textile design

Your chance to design products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles. Areas of study include fashion design and illustration, costume design,                 constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles and digital textiles.


Three-dimensional design

The design, prototyping and modelling or making of products, objects, and environments, using intellectual, creative and practical skills. Areas of study could           include sculpture, ceramics, product design, jewellery design and 3D digital design.


How will you be assessed?

There are two components:


Component 1 Portfolio: You will produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course of study. This is worth 60 % of your overall marks.


Component 2 Externally set assignment: You will work on a separate externally set task paper for each title. It features seven tasks and you have to complete one of them. You get preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. This is worth 40 % of your total marks.