Creative Arts

The aim of art and design at St Wilfrid’s Academy is to foster an enthusiasm, appreciation and commitment to the subject. This will be done by developing skills using a range of materials and media. Encouraging confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Students will learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s 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. 

Curriculum Coverage at KS4

AQA Art and Design: Fine Art

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

Assessment is by 

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (worth 60%)

Unit 2: Externally Set Task (worth 40%)

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways. 

AQA Art & Design: Photography

Students in KS4 will be given the option to study GCSE Photography.  This is assessed in the same way as GCSE art and will cover a range of topics, exploring different aspects of digital photography, including macro forms in nature, street art and experimental photographic techniques. Students will learn a range of different camera settings, along with how to edit their photos using Adobe Photoshop.

Career Paths

An Art and Design qualification shows employers you have worked hard, and gained many skills they may be looking for.

  •  imagination, creativity and resourcefulness;
  • critical awareness of self and the ability to be reflective;
  • interpersonal and social skills;
  • an appreciation of diversity;
  • creative problem-solving and decision-making;
  • team working;
  • the ability to work independently;
  • oral and written communication;
  • visual presentation;
  • information and research;
  • self-motivation and self-management;
  • organisation and planning; 

Get your dream job

GCSE Art and Design could help you land that dream job: