Throughout years 7 and 8, students have one art lesson a week. In year 9 students can choose to specialise in two of the 4 Performing Arts subjects. All students are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency with a range of materials and techniques. Each term students work in a different media, and with a different focus and artist influence. Each project is designed to reflect skills, techniques and processes that mimic those found in GCSE and/or A level art.

Throughout KS3 students develop a critical understanding of artists, designers, and photographers and learn to express reasoned judgement that can inform their own work. Students study a diverse range of artists and art movements in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of the history of art, craft and design.

Students choosing to study Art Craft and Design at GCSE will develop a wide range of practical skills and develop independence and creativity through a variety of practical workshops and independent study. Art Craft and Design students are expected to work in a number of different pathways, including;

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three-dimensional Design
  • Photography

Students develop the skills needed to refine and develop their work independently. They are taught to be confident in taking risks and encouraged to learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Through visits to art galleries and their own independent research students develop critical understanding of artists and movements, and use this to inform their own practice.

At A level we offer students the qualification Art and Design. Students must choose the pathway in which they want to approach the subject. The pathways currently offered are

  • Photography
  • Fine ArtĀ 
  • Graphic CommunicationĀ 

Students can choose to do one or more of these subjects. Students will create portfolios of their work in each of the disciplines and this will form the main body of their coursework. Throughout the course they develop their creativity and generate unique and exciting ideas. They build their practical skills and their ability to refine and develop their work, and draw inspiration from a range of sources, including visits to art galleries and exhibitions. Students also have the opportunity to attend an overseas residential trip, in order to experience the art and culture of another city to inform their artwork. Previous trips have been to Paris and Barcelona.

High Achievers - Art