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Art & Textiles

Why study Art?

The study of Art and Textiles can help you develop transferable skills that you can take to any career or job.  It will help your research skills, working independently and increasing aptitude to share ideas visually. Art and Textiles also enables you to express yourself creatively.

You could go on to take a higher qualification in Art & Design such as BTEC level 3 or A-level or an apprenticeship.  Ultimately you may wish to go on to careers in such fields as design, architecture, advertising, marketing, publishing, media, photography or education.

What will I learn?

Key Stage 3

You will explore a range of techniques and use a range of materials to realise outcomes related to set themes such as Nature, Man Made and Imagination. Class room deadlines and consistency with homework will be key aspects in preparation for a much more independent focus in KS4.


Over the course of two years, you will build on your existing knowledge of Visual Art.  You will develop practical skills in art and design, as well as acquiring the ability to investigate, analyse and experiment with your ideas, influenced by the work of renowned artists.  You will study, drawing and painting, printmaking, ICT digital manipulation, 3D construction, mixed media techniques


This qualification develops students through an engaging and stimulating introduction to a range of art and design disciplines, including design crafts, fashion and textiles, photography, product design, visual arts and visual communications. You will also investigate careers in the creative industry.

How am I assessed? 

You will be continually assessed throughout the duration of course by your teacher, in order to help you improve your grade. You will be required to produce coursework as well as taking a terminal exam at the end of every project in preparation for Year 11.


  • Coursework consists of 2 projects produced during timetabled lessons = 60% of final grade
  • Exam consists of 1 set project and a 10 hour exam taken over two days = 40% of final grade


4 Units of work:

  • Unit 1: ‘Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design’
  • Unit 2: ‘Creative Project in Art and Design’
  • Unit 3: ‘Communicating Ideas in 2D’
  • Unit 4: ‘Developing an Art and Design Portfolio’

Want to know more? 

See Mr Shaw, Ms Lyons or Ms. Baker in the Art department.