Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in art and design contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of art and design

In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.


What qualities/skills do I need to do this subject? You need a good imagination and to be confident about your practical skills in drawing, painting or 3D art. You should be ready to experiment with different ideas and techniques to learn new skills and improve your existing art skills. What will I learn? You will learn to develop ideas from direct observation, from your own imagination and experiences and also by responding to the work of other artists from different times and places. You will have to build up a portfolio of work. What qualifications will I get? You will gain 1 GCSE How will I be assessed? All your work will be assessed to show how well you: Record observations, experiences and ideas Analyse and evaluate images in the context of how and why they are made Develop and explore ideas, modify and refine your work Present a personal response and make connections with the work of other artists 60% of your marks will be given for your coursework. 40% will be awarded for the examination project when you will have four weeks to prepare your work and 10 hours of controlled test to finish your work. How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? In the future you could study: Photography, Art, Graphics, Web Design, Fashion, Textiles and Illustration. Careers in Art include: Advertising, Architecture, Ceramic Design, Computer Game Design and Animation, Electronic Engineering, Fashion and Textiles, Interior Design, Jeweller, Multi Media, Product Design and Web Site Designer.