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Why Study Art, Craft & Design?

“… Art and Design and Contemporary Crafts qualifications help students develop the skills and understanding to observe, interpret, respond to and shape our visual environment. They learn how to understand the contexts and conventions of art, craft and design and develop their visual language and technical skills. This helps them to communicate ideas, feelings and personal viewpoints using a wide range of traditional and contemporary disciplines and media. The study of art, craft and design encourages students to value materials, aesthetics and craftsmanship.”

CCEA Art & Design


Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 education has been developed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, all the while equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Art, Craft and Design.

Our course has been devised to help pupils to develop critical thinking skills and reflect upon the role that Art contributes to their own and others cultures.


Art & Design Subject Leaders:

Mrs N Redmond – BA Hons Fashion Design & Textiles, PGCE

Mrs C Thacker - BA Hons Fine Craft Design, PGCE


Art & Design Teaching Staff:

Mr I Patton - BA Hons in Visual Communication, PGCE

Mrs J Croft – BA Hons Fine & Applied Art, PGCE

Year 8 ‘Me, myself and I’

- Creative lettering
- Observational portrait drawing and painting

-  Mask making

Year 9 ‘Seashore’

- Seashore and the natural world
- Ceramic Design
- Pattern & painting

Year 10 ‘Man-made and environment’

- Graphics
- Still life
- Perspective room design

CCEA GCSE Art & Design

This is an exciting subject, helping students develop an understanding of how ideas and intentions can be communicated through a visual and tactile language.

Students learn how to:

  1. Explore ideas and observations through a wide range of media, materials and processes.

  2. Develop their understanding of the creative and cultural industries.

  3. Experiment in at least two of the following disciplines: Drawing and painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Ceramics, Digital media and 3D design.

  4. Create final outcomes linking their work to the work of other artist/designers

Component 1 - (Coursework – 60%)

Part A - Exploratory Portfolio - Students develop, explore and record ideas.

Part B - Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries - Students present a personal outcome in response to the theme.


Component 2 - (Externally Set Assignment – 40%)

ESA - Students develop, explore and record ideas, working towards a personal outcome in response to an externally set theme.


GCSE Art Video

CCEA GCSE Contemporary Crafts

Alongside GCSE Art & Design we offer students the opportunity to study CCEA GCSE Contemporary Crafts which places an emphasis on making things.

Students explore the properties and characteristics of materials, techniques and processes, combining creative ideas and manual dexterity to create unique objects. They can create using a wide range of materials, including ceramics, glass, metal, found and recycled materials, resins, textiles, and wood.

Component 1 – (Coursework – 60%)

Making: Exploring materials, techniques and processes- connecting with craft-makers, producing a practical portfolio, a learning file and understanding the importance of health and safety.

Component 2- (Externally Set Assignment – 40%)

Working to a Brief- students create an original piece of craft or design work

CCEA AS/A2 Level Art & Design

The knowledge and skills gained through studying GCSE Art and Design prepares students for progression to A Level Art and Design.

Students have opportunities within this subject to:

  • Develop valuable transferable skills sought after by many college, universities, employers and industry leaders.

  • Strengthen practical skills and the ability to research.

  •  Analyse, problem solve, think creatively, be imaginative and innovative.

AS Art and Design (40%)

Unit 1 – Experimental Portfolio - Students develop, record, explore and experiment with a wide range of media and techniques eg Drawing and painting, Textiles, 3D design.

Unit 2 – Personal Response - Students present a personal outcome in response to the theme.

Students continuing to A2 level submit a further 2 units (60%)

Unit 1 – Personal and Critical Investigation - Written and practical work
Unit 2 – Thematic Outcome - Students present an outcome in response to the theme.

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