Art & Design

Art Department philosophy. What have you learnt, what have you gained, have you taken a meaningful journey? Part of the joy of Art course is that you don’t just study Art: you make it.

Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. No matter what career you choose, those who can arrange, present and display material in a way that is aesthetically pleasing have an advantage. Research shows that involvement in the arts (both Visual Art and Performing Art) – especially for students from a low-income background – is associated with higher levels of attainment in both high school and university. “Catterall” also notes that studying the arts can have other positive benefits such as greater involvement in community service.

Art begins with observation of the real world: recording, analysis and creation of a visual response to the surroundings. Art makes students look at things anew – even mundane ordinary aspects of the world. Art also fills the soul. There is something magical about smearing pencil and paint across a piece of paper and sculpting form with your hands. Communicating with colour and shape and form awakens the imagination; it opens a door to ‘now’.

The creative industry is an ever-expanding industry that offers a wealth of job opportunities ranging from art heritage (museum/gallery conservator), creative design (ceramics, interior etc.), display design (exhibitions etc.) fashion (see textiles), photography (corporate, fashion, social, sports etc.) and visual art (animator, graphic, Illustrator, fine art).

Key contact: Mrs Andrea Wadeley


Here are some examples of final pieces that year 11 boys achieved during a art mock examination. The year 11 boys brief was to produce a final image in the style of Cubism:



The Curriculum