Art, Design & Photography

Art and Design - Syllabus

We encourage students’ creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences. In the early stages of Art, Design and Photography, each student will learn practical, technical and critical skills to communicate their ideas, feelings and meanings through their work.

From here, they will begin a journey into exploring the true meaning of the work of artists, photographers, craftspeople and designers in the contemporary world.



Art and Design - Key Stage 5


Fine art

Students who choose to study Fine Art, will be working with a range of 2D and 3D media to develop their visual skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. They may wish to work in alternative media, which includes contemporary approaches such as installation, land art and digital technology for example, using moving images. Students will be expected to generate and develop ideas, selecting the most appropriate media and techniques to communicate their ideas effectively.

Photography – lens and light-based media

Photography offers opportunities to work with both traditional and digital media. It includes film and video and it is possible to combine both stills and moving images in developing creative ideas. Students are expected to respond to given briefs or themes, they may go out on location shoots and from this, select and manipulate images to develop and communicate their ideas.



Personal Portfolio


Skills  and Knowledge based learning leading to themed independent outcomes such as Sense of Place / Distortion.

External Set Exam

Theme set by Exam Board

ART              PHOTOGRAPHY A Level

Self-selected Contextual Unit of 3,000 words plus a Personal Portfolio   developed and built through Student centred learning.

External Set Exam

Theme set by Exam Board


Key Dates:

A Level coursework to be completed by 1st February.

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Art and Design - Key Stage 4



Exam Board: Edexcel

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The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences.

There are a wide range of options within the different endorsements, or they may choose to work in several areas. Whatever they choose, the main aim of the courses are to develop their visual language skills and for them to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.


 ART        Personal Portfolio

40 hours


Exploring aspects of how artists interpret and present their responses within the context of their world.

Surfaces and Textures

A materials based unit promoting experimentation in response to natural and man-made forms.



Externally Set Exam

Theme set by the exam board


PHOTOGRAPHY Personal Portfolio

40 hours

Foundation  Theme

 Skills and Knowledge based, establishing basic methods, procedures and photographic contexts.

Surfaces and Textures

A materials based unit promoting experimentation in response to natural and man-made forms.

Mock Exam

Theme set by the exam board but forms the final piece of coursework (personal portfolio)

Externally Set Exam

Theme set by the exam board


Key Dates:

GCSE coursework to be completed by 1st February.

Art and Design - Key Stage 3

Students will develop skills in order to:

  • Explore and develop ideas
  • Investigate and make art, craft and design
  • Evaluate and develop their work
  • Make progress, demonstrating knowledge and understanding

Key Stage 3 Art and Design provides a solid foundation for GCSE Art and Design. It also develops many of the skill required in independent learning and creative problem solving. The content facilitates aspects of social and emotional learning.  


Year 7

Art and Artists

Primarily a unit of work that looks at particular art movements or styles. E.g. Surrealism, Cubism

Narrative  Art

Narrative Art is investigated as a genre. Outcomes will be developed from looking at various contextual starting points, such as comic strips and Medieval art.


Various aspects are used to widen the students’ experience and awareness of the built and natural environment. E.g. Gargoyles, Street Art or Landscape.


Year 8


An emotional response is developed in response to the work of Expressionistic Art. Different materials and techniques will be explored through this theme.

Still Life

Different approaches to the genre will be examined and analysed through a variety of art making activities. E.g. Collage, Painting, Printing.

Other Cultures

Looking at the art from other times and places. Personal responses will be developed from different cultural starting points. E.g. African Art.




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