Art & Design


Sarah Brown - Subject Leader.

About the Course

Key Stage 3

Pupils explore the disciplines of Fine Art, Film, Animation, Graphics, Sculpture and Photography. They produce project work covering:

Experimental filmmaking covering the skills of storyboarding, lighting, filming, sound, editing, transitions and effects.

Digital photography and image manipulation ( Adobe Photoshop).

Advertising graphics for packaging, architecture company logos and book covers.

Technical drawings of portraits and still life leading to acrylic paintings.

Music inspired abstract canvas paintings, sculpture and mixed media outcomes.

Glowstick sculpture leading to light based photography and animation set to music.

Contemporary cartoon design and animation.

Key Stage 4

The disciplines covered at Key Stage 3 are further developed in Units of work that result in:

Highly personalised art outcomes in pupils' own choice of media.

Filmmaking both experimental and for advertising.

Magazine illustration relating to topical issues.

Landscape and portrait inspired large scale canvas painting.

Sculptural forms inspired by the natural and man made world.

Typography and graffiti stencil art.

Digital photography and Photoshop manipulation.

Assessment Key Stage 4 - GCSE Fine Art & Design
Portfolio: 60% (Two Units of work completed in class and through homework).

Externally set assignment: 40% (One assignment involving teacher assisted preparation followed by a ten hour final practical outcome).


Tasks will be set following lessons to develop knowledge and understanding. These will take the form of practical tasks such as drawing and designing, as well as research tasks requiring the gathering of factual and visual information.

Trips & Outings

  • Art Gallery visits- Tate Liverpool
  • Annual school exhibitions of KS3 and KS4 pupils' work.
  • Entry into local and national competitions.
  • Participation in local arts events.

Artists in residence and workshops

Pupils gain an insight into potential Art & Design careers when professional artists, craftspeople, filmmakers and animators work with pupils in class, in after school sessions and at weekends.