“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.” 

― Ken Robinson

Art Vision

Art is the foundation of human expression. Through art we teach students who and what they are. We enable and encourage students to engage, be inspired and to challenge themselves through creative practice and learning. We ask students to take risks, experiment and invent. Through a practical skills based and knowledge rich curriculum, our students are able to generate a wide range of art mastery that allows for independence in their futures. Art students can engage, reflect and consider how art has shaped both culture and history meaning art students are informed to engage with the challenges of the 21st Century as culturally literate humans. We aim to create artists not just art students. 

Revision Provisions

What is GCSE Art and Design?

You will be assessed on how well you:

Who might enjoy this course?

If you're a creative, ideas person and you like working hard to make things that are

visually appealing, exciting, individual and sometimes challenging or odd, GCSE in Art & Design is the course for you!


Many employers want to recruit people who are lateral thinkers and creative problem-solvers - natural qualities of artists and designers. Whether you're designing ships as a naval architect or creating cutting edge art as a fine artist, the one thing that all these careers have in common is creativity.

What about exams? What will I study?

The GCSE is divided into two components; Component 1 is your portfolio of work which makes up 60% of your overall grade and Component 2 which is your external assignment responding to a brief; this makes up 40% of your overall grade. Component 1 will allow you to build skills and knowledge in the different areas of Art, craft and design which you then apply in Component 2 in order to fulfil the brief.



Art & Design is not examined like other subjects. You will spend two full days, 10 hours,

in exam conditions finishing all work in your portfolio and externally set assignment.

What could I do next with GCSE Art and Design?

Further education would lead to A-Level Art and design, Level 3 or Art and Design courses. This course would develop skills leading to many industries such as;

Animator, Antique dealer, Architect, Architectural technician, Art editor, Art gallery curator, Arts administrator, Art therapist, Art valuer, Blacksmith, Body piercer, Bookbinder or print

Finisher, Cabinet maker, CAD technician, Cake decorator, Ceramics designer-maker, Clothing alteration, Community arts worker, Conservator, Costume designer, Design engineer, Dressmaker, Ergonomist, Exhibition designer, Fashion design Assistant, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Florist, Footwear designer, Furniture designer, Furniture restorer, Games designer, Glass engraver, Glassmaker, Graphic designer Hat designer or milliner, Illustrator, Interior designer, Jewellery designer-maker, Landscape architect, Landscape designer, Leather craft worker, Machine printer, Make-up artist, Medical illustrator, Model maker, Museum assistant, Museum curator, Naval architect, Pattern cutter, Photographer, Photographic stylist, Photographic technician, Picture framer, Pre-press operator, Printing administrator, Product designer, Prop maker, Reprographic assistant, Sample machinist, Set designer, Sewing machinist, Sign writer, Stonemason, Tailor, Tattooist, Teacher, Textile designer, Textile machinist, Textiles production manage, Upholsterer, Visual merchandiser and a Web designer…

Steps to Success

Revision for Art & Design is not like other subjects.

It is continuously assessed as the students build up their personal portfolio of work.

Students are assessed on:

1) Studying the work of artists and designers

2) Experimenting with materials, equipment and processes

3) Working from observation 


4) Making final pieces

The first three of these four assessment objectives can be worked on by the students outside of the classroom to gain marks.

1) Studying the work of artists and designers

The students have studied a range of artists and designers that link to their own, individual thee or topic. They can gain extra marks by making more copies of the artists work that they have studied using a range of materials and working methods. This work needs to be carefully titled and annotated to explain what they have done and to give their own opinions on the artists work they have studied.

2) Experimenting with materials, equipment and processes

The students can gain extra marks by completing work in their art books using a broad range of materials and working processes. This needs to be beautifully and completely finished together with titles and annotation explaining what they have done and used.

3) Working from observation

The students need to have a broad range of drawings and photographs all based on their individual themes or topics. They can gain extra marks by showing evidence using drawing and photographs working from ‘primary sources’ 

(real objects rather than copying and pasting from the internet, books or magazines)

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