Art and Design

Art & Design

This course is designed to let you experience a range of art specialisms before concentrating on one area that you are best at. Specialism’s Include Painting, photography, Printing, Creative Textiles, Sculpture, Illustration, Digital art, Graphic Communication, Mixed media etc. as well as learning about a variety of artists

Art teaches many transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, visual literacy, risk taking, contextual understanding, research skills, project management, collaboration.



Develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops

Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.

Exam board: Edexcel
Syllabus title: Pearson Edexcel Art Craft and Design
Course code: A Level – 9AD0

Course content

Coursework – This is a body of coursework and a personal study. To begin you will be introduced to a wide range of working methods using different specialisms. Later you can choose your own theme to explore in a specialism of your choice from the list above. A sketchbook is needed to document your ideas and to form links with other artists. The personal study is an investigation of an artist, theme or movement, which relates to your practical work. This is in a visual and written format.

 Externally set exam

The title is set by the exam board in the second year and given to you in advance of the practical exam. It is similar to a mini project with the final outcome produced under exam conditions. It is usually a one or two word title. Environment or Ritual have been past examples. You will work in your strongest specialism.

Assessment and weighting

You are assessed on your technical skills, recording and research, creative process and outcomes. There is a separate mark for your personal study. Coursework 60%  Exam 40% Each assessment objective is equally weighted.


We will arrange visits throughout the course to use as a stimulus for work and to visit current exhibitions. Local trips will be made during lesson time to supplement ideas.  We aim to have a residential trip every two years

Future opportunities/ career

Careers - Textiles, Fashion, Photography, Advertising, Architecture, Animation, Ceramics, Illustration, Film, Media, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Art Therapy, Fine Artist, Art Curator, marketing, special effects, game design. In fact the skills learnt are transferable into many occupations

Qualifications/ School record


  • 4+ in GCSE Art or Photography.
  • Merit and above in BTEC Art.
  • Good attitude to learning in Art/photography KS3 and/or KS4


  • Creative
  • Enquiring mind
  • Willing to experiment and take risks.
  • Interested in the world around you.



Visually aware
Able to record your ideas
Able to document
Ability to research


If you have taken art/ photography in year 9 at GCSE and have grade 3+ we will consider you on application


Has an understanding of how to use a sketchbook
Can structure a project towards a final piece
Has some knowledge of artists, photographers etc.


  • Photography
  • Computer aided design
  • 2d and 3d media
  • Drawing/ Painting ability
  • Enjoy making art outside of school
  • Takes an interest in art and culture


Updated 14/04/2022