Miss S Sharp

2i/c of Design & Technology, Art

Welcome to the Art and Design Department

Art and Design is a successful subject at SJBC where students have the opportunity to develop their creativity, imagination and express themselves in a visual way. 

The Art facilities consist of three specialist rooms with panoramic views on the top floor:  which offer the students the opportunity to work in a wide range of materials and across several disciplines, including drawing and painting, fine art textiles, pottery, printmaking, sculpture and design.

Course content:

Key Stage Three curriculum builds on the primary Art curriculum.

Over the three years the students have the opportunity to extend their experiences in a wide range of media.

Students will develop their drawing, painting, printmaking, textile and construction skills, working individually and collaboratively.

Critical understanding through independent research and class discussion of the work of other artists and practitioners is an essential part of the course.

In year 7, students will investigate colour and mark making through experimental drawing, painting, mixed media and colour theory as well as learning about a range of artists and cultures including: Vincent Van Gogh, Les Fauves, Illuminated manuscripts and Aboriginal art. They will also study the work of the architect Hundertwasser and develop their own responses through making a clay relief tile.

Year 8

During year 8, students make use of the natural world to expand their techniques in experimenting with a wide variety of materials including drawing, watercolour painting, mixed media, printmaking and pottery. They will also investigate the theme of the grotesque and gargoyles through learning about medieval architecture and learn about different art movements including Cubism and surrealism.

Year 9  

During year 9, students will learn about the Day of the Dead in Mexico and have the opportunity to design and make a clay skull as well as express their views on this celebration. They will also develop their three dimensional skills further by creating food sculptures inspired by Pop Art. Finally they will learn about

Key Stage 4

AQA  Art, Craft and Design

How it is assessed:

Component 1: Portfolio

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Component 2:

What's assessed

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it's assessed

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Students are given challenging themes and projects that will enable them to explore many ideas and materials in an open ended yet structured course. They will be able to explore both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional materials.

They will be given experiences that will enable them to develop skills in drawing, painting, new technology, printmaking and 3D construction using a wide range of materials.

Looking at the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople is a compulsory component of the course. Visits to museums and galleries during the course will give students opportunities to carry out first hand research from art work and artefacts. They will also be expected to undertake visits independently.


Course detail:

AQA Art, Craft and Design.

What is assessed


Coursework Portfolio

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A-level
  • No time limit
  • 80 marks
  • Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only


AS Externally Set Assignment

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A-level
  • Supervised time 5 hours
  • 80 marks
  • Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only


  • A2 Personal Investigation
  • 25% of A-level
  • No time limit
  • 80 marks
  • Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only


  • A2 Externally Set Assignment
  • 25% of A-level
  • Supervised time 15 hours
  • 80 marks
  • Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only

The AS and A2 Level course encompasses Art, Craft and Design, which provides the ideal stepping stone for any student wishing to pursue career opportunities in the design or the visual and creative arts field.  It will also appeal to those students who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance in their studies.

What will students learn?

The main purpose of the course is to develop students’ ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. They will develop various skills in art, craft and design and build on their existing knowledge of material, processes and techniques.  They will express thoughts and feelings through their work and learn how to record their ideas in different ways.