• Mrs Long
  • Mr Patton
  • Mrs Croft

What are our Aims?
We aim to encourage our pupils to be investigative, resourceful, creative, expressive and technically skilful. We also challenge them to become aware and critical of the world around them by studying the work of other art and design practitioners and by responding creatively to external issues and events.Art

About our Department
THE ART AND DESIGN DEPARTMENT is a busy, lively place in which pupils take part in a wide range of activities in two or three dimensions as well as going on visits and entering competitions. The activities undertaken offer opportunities for all pupils to have an enjoyable and challenging learning experience as well as taking account of our pupils’ individual needs. Art is a subject that can be very broad and very personal as well as demanding and fulfilling.

All pupils in Years 8 – 10 receive two periods of Art and Design each week. Those who display a particular aptitude for the subject may continue their studies up to GCSE level. Our results in this examination have been very pleasing. Each year we organize fieldtrips to art galleries, museums and exhibitions. The Department also sponsors an Art Club, which is well attended by pupils from years 8 –10.

AS/A2 Art & Design

We offer both AS and A Levels in Art & Design. The courses, which build on the work undertaken at GCSE level, allow pupils to develop their creative and critical skills and prepare them for entry into further or higher education or employment in the Art & Design field.

What you will Study?

AS Art & Design

This is a one year course and is made up of two units of coursework and an externally set examination. For the coursework, the outcomes must be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, one must be fine art and one must be design.

How is AS work assessed?

Two units of coursework (60%)
External Examination (40%)

A2 Art & Design

This one year course builds on the work undertaken at AS Level. Completionof this course can lead to the award of an A Level. It is made up of two units of coursework and an externally set examination. One unit of coursework is a dissertation and one is a practical unit.

How is A2 work assessed?

Two units of coursework (60%)
External Examination (40%)

GCSE Art & Design

GCSE Art & Design is a two year modular course which aims to nurture and develop creativity and encourage personal expression. During the course pupils can learn to:

  • handle a wide range of media and materials
  • develop their ideas using the visual language (e.g. colour, pattern, tone, form etc.)
  • practice processes and acquire skills (e.g. painting, pottery, computer aided design, textiles etc.)
  • learn about the work of other artists, designers and craft workers from our own and other cultures.
What you will study
The course is made up as follows:
Two Units of Coursework (30% each) – 60%
External examination – 40%

The Coursework

The coursework has to be produced in TWO dimensions and THREE dimensions. One unit must have a FINE ART outcome and the other unit must have a DESIGN outcome. The coursework areas are:

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Lens based media
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Ceramics
  • Rigid Materials
  • Semi rigid materials
  • Soft materials
  • Mixed media
  • Digital Media

What you can do

You will have the opportunity to explore the following areas for your coursework and exam:

  • Drawing
  • Interior Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Textiles(fabrics)
  • Fashion Design
  • Illustration
  • Model Making (3D construction)
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics (pottery)
  • Jewellery Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Art & Design History
  • The art of other cultures

Career Opportunities

GCSE Art & Design can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Computer aided design
  • Education
  • Floristry
  • Garden Landscaping
  • Hairdressing
  • Interior Design
  • Museum Work
  • Pottery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Sign Writing
  • Theatre Work (e.g. Stage)
  • Architecture
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Community Art
  • Fashion
  • Film and Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Jewellery Design
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Photography
  • Printing
  • Shop Display
  • And many more…………..

Years 8-10 Art & Design

You will study Art for two periods each week. During this time you will have opportunities for practical activities such as drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, model making and computer aided design.

Key Stage Three Units of Work


Year 8 pupils undertake the following topics
Self Portraits
Portrait frames
Ceramic faces
Looking at famous portraits
Web site research

Year 9

Year 9 pupils undertake the following topics
Mask making
Fruit and Vegetable drawing and painting
Graphic design
Looking at famous still life paintings
Computer aided pattern design

Year 10

Year 10 pupils undertake the following topics:
The Built Environment:
Drawing and painting Carrickfergus Castle
Perspective drawing
Looking at world famous architecture
Computer aided graphic design
Ceramic containers

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