Creative studies of Art & Design offers all children, irrespective of ability, the chance to make personal statements and enjoy and participate in design activities. No one child needs to feel that they are lacking in talent as many different types of fields are covered and so different skills are developed to excel in.

Through a programme of structured activities, the pupils will be given grounding in the vocabulary of art, covering line, shape, colour, tone, texture, pattern and composition, both in 2D and 3D.

Pupils will be encouraged to explore and discover methods, techniques and ways of solving problems with a variety of media. The Art Department will offer discussions and written tasks on the work of historical artists and craftsmen.

All pupils will benefit from a three-year foundation course at KS3, which should develop in them confidence and foster interests and enthusiasms to go on to KS4, in which they will work in a much more individual way, encouraging a more personal and mature approach.

Many pupils may wish to go on to vocational arts courses post 16 but all pupils will benefit from having studied the KS3 curriculum which could well lead to hobbies and personal achievement later in adult life.


With this philosophic concept in mind, the aims of the course could be stated as:

  • To be able to record from direct observation.
  • To select and control materials in a systematic and disciplined way.
  • To have experience with a wide range of materials in both 2D and 3D studies.
  • To use, compose and work with elements of line, tone, colour, form, pattern, texture and composition.
  • To show a personal or intuitive response through the development of ideas or themes and to be able to sustain their chosen area of study from conception to realisation.
  • To gain confidence in handling various media in an experimental way in order to encourage a self-disciplined approach to work.
  • To become aware of contemporary and historical arts and craftspersons.
  • To understand how other subjects enhance Art & Design through the use of Literacy, Mathematics and IT.
  • To encourage discussion of their own work and that of their contemporaries developing British values.
  • To find, through art activities, enrichment and satisfaction, which will bring pride of achievement.
  • To equip the student for any further vocational courses he or she may want to follow.


The GCSE course is based on the AQA specification and encourages candidates to:

  • Actively engage in the process of art and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value. Becoming confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques
  • Develop competence, with increasing independence, refining and developing ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions.
  • Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies
  • Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice
  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive practical, technical and expressive skills to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.
    Art & Design GCSE course further provide opportunities for candidates to gain:

A personal interest in why art and design matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study

Experience of the work practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries

Understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.



  • Display & Exhibition Curator/Designer
  • Art Restoration Team
  • Architect
  • Appliances Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Exterior/Landscape Artist
  • Art Critic
  • Advertising (Visual Communication)
  • Animation
  • Art Teacher
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Art Dealer Art Consultant Cartoonist Desktop Publishing Engraving E Book Cover Artist Fashion Designer Freelance Artist Fine Art Photography Fine Artists Fashion Illustration Graphic Artist Graphic Designer Interior Design Illustrators
  • Museum Director Monogramm Artist Photographer Painting Restorers
  • Print-Makers Sculptors
  • Arts Directors
  • Creative Directors
  • Camera Crew
  • Grip Crew
  • Light Technicians
  • Concept Artists
  • Special Effects Creative Work Shop Team
  • Computer Annimators
  • Three Dimentional Modeling Team
  • Mapping And Texture Application Experts
  • Two Dimentional Storyboard Illustrations
  • Lanscape And Scenery Artists
  • Costume Designers
  • Tailors
  • Make Up Specialists
  • Special Effects Make Up Artists
  • Set Designers
  • Prop Management Team
  • Hair Stylists
  • Cartoonist
  • Graphics Studio Assistant
  • Illustrator
  • Graphical Designer
  • Desck Top Publishing
  • Illustrator Medical Phtographer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Sign Writter
  • Window Dresser
  • Sketch Artists Set Design Video Game Design Web Design