Art & Craft

CFisher - Head of Creative Arts

Miss Fisher

Faculty Leader – Creative Arts

Subject Staff

Miss Irwin

Mr Handley-Griggs

Exam Board



The Subject Way

Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

The Art faculty consists of Fine Art, Photography and Art, Craft & Design. If a student opts for the Art faculty, they will experience all these three subjects through holistic projects throughout Year 9. These are classed as foundation subjects.

Overview of KS4:

This title promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. Emphasis is on an increased breadth of approach commensurate in demand with the other titles. The context of practice, rather than the breadth of activities and/or range of media employed, determines whether a student’s work can be described as art-based, craft-based and/or design based   The course is divided into 60% coursework and 40% exam which is sat during Y11. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of, such as those listed below

  • Fine Art – g. drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media
  • Graphic Communication- e.g. advertising, branding, illustration, package design and typography
  • Textile Design – e.g. fashion design, costume design, stich and pattern surface.
  • Three Dimensional Design – e.g. architectural, ceramic, environmental and sculptural design.
  • Photography – e.g. portraiture, documentary, location and studio photography.

Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design. Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles.  Students must explore work in 2 dimensional work and or 3 dimensional work.  They may explore overlapping areas and use a combination of areas.  Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Textile Design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.

An example of a topic would be cardboard construction of an everyday object such as a camera.  Students would look at the Artist Craig Martin for drawing techniques and Chris Gilmore for card construction skills.  This would help the students to understand how the object looks three dimensionally enabling them to plan and design the card object.  Chris Gilmore’s work shows how to join and fix the card to create the sculpture.  The finish will be linked to a photography task and the images used to decorate the final object.


Art Craft and Design students research designers, artists and craft makers such as jewellery, fashion designers and accessories makers. Tasks could be recreating a sample from the designers using the techniques they use such as weaving, pleating, stitching and embroidery. They will also be expected to gather materials that they can use in sample construction in class.