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Why study Art and Design?

Art and Design gives students the opportunity to actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design when exploring and making images, artefacts and products to produce their own portfolio of art and design work.

Students will develop confidence in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques, demonstrating safe working practices. They will develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures and as appropriate to their own work. Students will gain experience in a broad range of art and design areas, e.g. drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, sculpture, digital and mixed media.

What will I learn?

Knowledge and Understanding

All students will need to:

  • Understand how artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures inspire the development of ideas.

  • Understand how meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using the formal elements of colour, line, form, tone and texture.

  • Know the effects of using different media, materials, techniques and processes, and the ways in which they can be used in their own creative intentions.

  • Understand the different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts.


All students must demonstrate the ability to:

• Develop ideas through investigating, selecting and critically analysing sources.

• Apply and understand relevant practices in the creative and cultural industries to their work.

• Refine ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes.

• Record their ideas, observations, in- sights and independent judgements, visually and through written annotation, using appropriate specialist vocabulary, as work progresses.

• Use visual language critically as appropriate to their own creative intentions.

• Use media, materials, techniques and processes safely in the working environment.

• Use drawing skills for different needs and purposes.

• Realise personal intentions through the sustained application of the creative process.

How will I be assessed?

This is a GCSE qualification and is graded from 9 to 1.

  • 60% portfolio of artwork

  • 40% practical examination at the end of Year 11

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

A GCSE in Art and Design is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses at college and university.

For more information please contact Mr Sharp at the Academy on 01384 253722