Art and Design

Art and Design


Art and Design is a rich, engaging and deeply challenging subject focusing on the student’s engagement in the world around them. Our qualifications are for post-16 students looking to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to make connections in the creative industries and provide opportunities for their future. All courses have been designed to motivate students to be independent thinkers and encourage exploration, experimentation and risk-taking to solve problems and make a difference.

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Careers Guidance and Employer Engagement

Our Art and Design courses are qualifications for post-16 students looking to engage in and acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to further and higher education or employment in the creative industries. These qualifications have been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking, which will extend students critical independence and enable them to demonstrate understanding of the relevant standards for their progression.

Creative Practice Skills

We link curriculum learning with creative practice skills, giving students every possible chance to develop the skills, competencies and knowledge that will lead to a successful future in the creative industries, or the many industries that require creative talent to support their business or enterprise, for example:

  • Initiative
  • Independent enquiry
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflective learning
  • Team-working
  • Self-management
  • Effective participation
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

Industry Pathways

We provide access to information about future study options and career paths. For example:

Fine art: drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation), photography, and performance art

Interactive arts: interactive media including web, app and game design

Graphic communication: advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television

Fashion/textile design: fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles

Three-dimensional design: ceramics, sculpture, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery/body ornament and 3D digital design

Photography/lens-based media: portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation)

Media: television, radio, print, video, digital media, computer games, photography, advertising and publishing

Curation and exhibition management: history and conservation, collections (private, public, digital), galleries and visual culture

Creative Career Guidance and Progression Opportunities

  • Creative Industry talks
  • Creative Careers Week
  • Portfolio building workshops
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • Museum & exhibition trips
  • Residential European trips
  • Writing Artist statements
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Competitions
  • UCAS Progression workshops

Encounters with Employment, Workplaces and Further and Higher Education

We provide opportunities for students to learn from and engage with their own and others experiences of working with employers, workplaces and universities, for example:

  • Visiting speakers
  • Alumni student talks
  • Links with partner universities
  • Visiting artist studios
  • Work experience workshops


We encourage all creative practitioners to be sustainable in the work they produce and the impact their activity has on our environment. Contemporary creative practitioners do not only make ‘things’ or try to minimise the material impact of their own work. They also lead opinion, and design the world we inhabit.