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Art, Craft, Design and Photography at St James's

We need to equip our young people for life in an every-changing and dynamic world. They need to be resilient, adaptable and inventive with the ability to communicate visually, verbally and through the written work with confidence and clarity. This underpins our philosophy for a creative education.

Our aim is to instill an appreciation for the Arts amongst all our young people so that they
continue to enjoy cultural experiences and value the impact creativity can have on all of us.

Our Young People will:

Develop a knowledge of Art, Craft, Design and Photography

  • Understand a range of art genres, movements, artists, makers, designers and
    photographers from a variety of cultures and periods of history.
  • Experience, develop and master a range of practical making skills including working in 2D,
    3D, fine art, mixed media, photography, ceramics and craft
  • Understand how to manipulate tools, media and processes in order to produce their own
  • Be able to express ideas, judgements, and opinions with confidence
  • Access information about careers in the creative industries and the opportunities
    available to them
  • Become aware of local cultural institutions they can access, learn from and enjoy
  • Learn about the importance of culture in all forms and how it can enrich our lives
  • Make connections with their own practice and that of others
  • Value creativity, experimentation and risk taking
  • Experience making work of value that communicates an idea, concept or point of view
  • Develop an appreciation for creativity and the visual world beyond their time studying with us


Please click below to view what you will study in Art

KS3/KS4 Curriculum Map

Assessment Grid

KS3 Art Assessment Grid

GCSE Art & Design

The GCSE Art and Design course offers a variety of disciplines and course programmes tailored to meet the requirements and needs of our pupils.

Unit 1: worth 60% a portfolio of work produced during Year 10 and 11 illustrating skills in a wide range of disciplines. You will explore skills in areas such as ICT, photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and more. A sketchbook is kept for each project to record your research and development of ideas. There is scope with every project to pursue artist and/or themes of personal interest.

Unit 2: worth 40%. The externally set task takes place in the Spring Term of Year 11.

As part of this course you will curate an exhibition and produce a catalogue to promote the work on view.

If you opt for Art you will need to have:

  • A creative and imaginative mind
  • A desire to develop a wide range of technical skills
  • High levels of personal motivation, including a commitment to producing work in your own time

Art and Design skills would be advantageous in many future careers and are transferable to many college course and post 16 options.

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