Art & Design

Course Outline

Key Stage 3

Throughout key stage 3 pupils experience a broad course, one which builds on the pupils’ existing knowledge and experience and introduces them to new ideas, processes and media.

As experience grows tasks become more challenging, as does the depth of investigation.

Pupils study artists’ work from a variety of periods, styles and cultures and they are encouraged to make connections with their own work.

During KS3 pupils will experience both two and three-dimensional work in a range of media. They will work from direct observation, personal experience and imagination as they develop art on a variety of scales.

Whatever their ability, pupils are encouraged to be experimental, innovative and to take risks with ideas and effects.


GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

They will produce at least two units of work that will enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent.

Key Topics Covered

Key Stage 3

  • The Formal Elements of Art
  • Aboriginal Art
  • African Art
  • Picasso and Portraits
  • Under The Sea /Sculpture
  • Masks
  • ABC of Art


Set themes are given for students to respond to, using a wide and varied range of media. Examples of this are:

  • Everyday Objects
  • Art and Words
  • Mixed Media
  • Journeys