North Shore Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred

Art & Design

Curriculum Aims

Learning and undertaking activities in Art and Design contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of Art and Design

In Art and Design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In Art, Craft and Design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other peoples work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of Art, Craft and Design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of projects which encourage them to explore and develop their drawing skills, art appreciation, cultures and techniques.

They explore different media and materials and be encouraged to develop their own working style as well as to contribute to the lesson through discussions and research.

Pupils will have regular assessments and progress development to maximise development of skills, ability and potential.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Art and Design gives all students who opt for it a continuation of Art appreciation and exploration. It is designed to develop and broaden artistic experience and relates all work to practical, hands on approach.

Students will explore and develop different drawing approaches, media and Art techniques. This course recaps previously learned skills and introduces new media and exploration of ideas and techniques. They will look at the work of artists and other cultures as well as research and produce work based upon themselves and their interests.

Key Stage 4 is for those who wish to specialise in Art and the work relates to a practical working environment and is based upon creative briefs designed to expand and increase skill and subject knowledge. Each project specialises in a different form of Art / media, prepares students for A- Levels and creates good links with further education.

Course Descriptions

The AQA GCSE Art qualification is currently a two year course where students will gain skills and knowledge by researching artists, practising new techniques using a wide variety of art materials and developing their own ideas based on their studies. Written annotations must be present in all preparatory work.

Presently, students are timetabled 3 hours per week, however they will be expected to take work home regularly and attend regular after school sessions to complete all project work to a high standard. Any project work missed through absence must be completed in the student's own time.

Throughout the course students will be encouraged to work independently in order to develop initiative and problem solving skills under guidance from the art tutors.

Department Statement

The Art Department aims to ensure that each student gets the encouragement, guidance and opportunity they need to successfully pass their GCSE with work they can be proud of!


Skills and qualifications gained from this course can help towards careers in Fine art, Stage Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Media design (TV, Cinema etc.) Advertising, Education and more.

For more information contact Mrs S Wilson or Miss A Cole

What We Want To Offer

A Broad and Balanced Curriculum.

Key Skills that can be used Cross Curricular.

A range of Balanced Courses in KS3 and KS4 relevant to pupil requirements.

To provide a Safe and Secure Learning


What We Want To Achieve:

To open Creative Opportunities.

To have an appreciation of other Cultures and Styles.

For all to be given the opportunity to access Courses and Extra Curricular sessions.

That the Pupil achieves the Best Results for their Ability.

What We Expect:

Pupils and Staff to be Respected.

Pride in Work and Subjects.

That all understand that the Creative Arts

require Passion, Dedication and Hard Work.

Everyone tries their Hardest regardless of


Every Child Will:

Take Pride in their Work.

Respect the Subject, Staff and Others.

Become Independent Learners.

Understand their Place in the World and their

Potential to Achieve in it.