Art and Design

Key Stage 3

What is Art and Design?

Art and Design will help you to develop your imagination and creativity and develop your knowledge of different cultures and the work of different Artists past and present.

Students will work in 2D and 3D, using a range of materials and techniques.  This could include: drawing, painting, printing, collage and ceramics to learn and develop skills and techniques ready for the GCSE course in Years 10 & 11.

What will I study in Art and Design?

You will study two different topics each year.

(September - January)
(February - June)
Year 7 Organic Forms
Drawing, painting, printing
Insects and Bugs
Drawing, painting, ceramics
Year 8 Still Life
Drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics
Drawing, painting, printing
Year 9 Faces and Masks
Drawing, painting, 3D work
Drawing, painting, mixed media

How many lessons of Art and Design will I have?

KS3 students have one lesson each week.

GCSE APPLIED Art and Design

Subject Aims and Learning Outcomes

Applied Art and Design introduces students to a wide range of creative experiences.

Applied Art and Design will provide a work-related context, supporting students in taking a more directed approach, often with specified outcomes and materials. The Applied Art and Design projects allow students to experiment with materials on an individual basis, exploring themes and concepts from a starting point which they then develop depending upon their individual strengths and interests.

The course prepares students who wish to progress onto Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational courses.

Subject Content

Students produce practical outcomes informed by critical/contextual sources in response to project briefs. They will have the opportunity to work in two and/or three-dimensions using appropriate art, craft and design materials and working methods.


The examinations, which will assess all of the subject content studied over the course, will be taken at the end of Year 11. The qualification will be graded 9 – 1.

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