Art and Photography

Art & Design – Key Stage 3

The Art & Design course at Key Stage 3 provide s students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE courses in Key Stage 4. During Key Stage 3, students will be introduced to a range of historical and contemporary art from around the world. We will introduce students to a wide range of materials, processes and techniques that will enable them to create exciting art work in both 2D and 3D.

Art & Design – Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) Fine Art

During Key Stage 4, students will work on given projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover artists and art movements to provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our outstanding art staff. Students will work in sketchbooks so that they can effectively show their creative journey.

GCSE Fine Art is assessed in the following way:
Coursework 60%
Controlled Assessment 40%

GCSE Photography

Students get the opportunity to express themselves through a lens rather than traditional tools such as a paint brush or pencil. They are taught the basic skills of taking quality images using the digital SLR cameras and then move on to more advanced techniques of exploring shutter speed whilst creating light drawing images. Photoshop editing is also taught and experimented with to express ideas and creativity whilst responding to other photographers and influences.

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level Art & Design
Year 1- Portfolio of work exploring skills & processes with the theme of identity.
Year 2 – Portfolio of work exploring a theme such as Twisted & Tangled.

AQA GCE A Level Photography

• The ability to work independently
• Good camera skills & editing skills
• A basic knowledge of traditional & contemporary photographers

Art and Photography is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Melanie Tice,