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Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experience
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques  
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design  
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.  

Pupils are taught:  

  •  to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas  
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting  
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials  
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work  
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day. 

At Key Stage 4, the curriculum encourages students to:

  • actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds  
  • develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making images, artefacts and products  

  •  become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques  

  • develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills 

  • develop and refine ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions with increasing independence  

  • acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent  

  • develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures  

  • develop an awareness of the different roles and individual work practices evident in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries  

  • develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to students’ own work  

  • demonstrate safe working practices in art, craft and design 

ART CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 7-11 

Year 

Term 

Units of Work 

Assessments 

 7 

Autumn 

Formal Elements 

 

All 4 key strands 

  

Spring 

Pop Art 

All 4 key strands 

 

  

Summer 

Landscapes 

All 4 key strands 

 

 8 

Autumn 

Illustration 

All 4 key strands 

 

  

Spring 

3D character design 

All 4 key strands 

 

  

Summer 

Banksy – Street Art 

All 4 key strands 

 

 9 

Autumn 

Skulls & faces 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

 

  

Spring 

Portraits & personal artist research 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

 

  

Summer 

Portrait outcomes 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

 

 10 

Autumn 

The Sea 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

 

  

Spring 

The Sea outcome / 

Architecture 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

  

Summer 

Architecture research and outcome 

All Four Assessment Objectives 

 

 11 

Autumn 

Student Lead Theme 

All four Assessment Objectives 

  

Spring 

Externally Set Exam 

All four Assessment Objectives 

GCSE COURSE INFORMATION 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Art and Design  

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

Component 1: Portfolio 

Each student presents a portfolio of work, including: 

1) A sustained project developed in response to a theme, evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study. 

2) A selection of further work resulting from activities such as skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits and independent study. 

Component 2: Externally set assignment 

AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title. 

The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point. 

The extended creative response must explicitly evidence students’ ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skill and/or understanding from initial engagement with their selected starting point through to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time. 

Students must ensure that the total submission for Component 2 evidences coverage of all four assessment objectives and evidence of drawing activity and written annotation. 

Potential Career paths 

A Level Art based subjects 

Assessments (incl. field work / assessed practical) 

Component 1: Portfolio 60% 

Component 2: External Set Assessment 40% (Portfolio of work plus 10 hour exam) 

Each Assessment Objective is marked out of 24, Total available marks 96 

Assessment Objective 1: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. 

Assessment Objective 2: Refined ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. 

Assessment Objective 3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to the students intentions in visual and/or other forms. 

Assessment Objective 4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding realising intentions and where appropriate making connections between visual, written, oral or other element. 

Core or Option 

  Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 ONE GCSE 

BTEC COURSE INFORMATION 

Qualification & Board 

BTEC first award -  Art and Design  

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

BTEC gives pupils a more vocational experience, allowing them to work as a professional craftsperson to meet specific briefs. 

Pupils will work to these design briefs to meet the criteria for each of the 4 units of work.  

Each unit of work has it’s own learning aims. 

Units are equally weighted at 25% each, and Unit 2 is an externally set brief from the exam board. 

 

 

Potential Career paths 

A Level Art based subjects 

Assessments (incl. field work / assessed practical) 

Unit 1: Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design 

Learning aim A: Use specialist materials, techniques, equipment and processes in response to client briefs 

Learning aim B: Record formal elements within specialist pathways 

UNIT 2 - Creative project in Art and Design 

Learning aim A: Develop creative ideas, skills and intentions in response to a project brief 

Learning aim B: Produce final outcomes that meet the requirements of the brief 

UNIT 3 - Communicating Ideas in 2D 

Learning aim A: Explore 2D visual language and working practices  

Learning aim B: Investigate how artists, craftspeople and designers communicate in 2D. 

Learning aim C: Communicate ideas using 2D knowledge and skills in response to a brief 

UNIT 5 - Developing an Art and Design Portfolio 

Learning aim A: Explore the purpose of a portfolio  

Learning aim B: Compile a portfolio to support progression  

Learning aim C: Present a portfolio of work to others 

Core or Option 

  Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 ONE GCSE