Art & Design

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web."

Pablo Picasso


In art, craft and design, students 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 different times and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, students reflect critically on their own work and that of other people, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artist, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They also develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the cultural industries that enrich their lives.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Aboriginal Art Abstract Art Pop Art

Year 8

Hybrid Insects Chinese New Year Landscapes

Year 9

Natural Forms & Architecture Under the Sea Art from Asia

Year 10

Architecture from around the World Natural Forms Natural Forms

Year 11

Natural Forms Exam Question Exam Question

What qualification will I get?

GCSE Art & Design

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the 2-year course students create a portfolio of work based on a ‘Personal Investigation’. This portfolio will make up 60% of the final grade.

The exam paper allows students 6-10 weeks of time to prepare ideas for their final piece. Students then sit in controlled conditions for their 10-hour exam. The final piece will be in 2 or 3 dimensions.

The exam will make up 40% of the final grade.

What can this course lead to?

A GCSE in Art & Design is an important part of the progression route towards a wide range of careers in areas such as architecture, landscape design, graphic design, fashion design, film and animation, furniture design, textile design, primary and secondary teaching, publishing, book illustration and web design.