Art & Design and Textiles Design

Team Leader/Main Teacher: Mrs Nicola Perrott


GCSE Courses


GCSE Art & Design or GCSE Textiles Design provide further opportunities for the development of understanding and practical experiences of the role, purpose and function within society. This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and 3D processes and new media and technologies. The study of Art & Design and Textile Design may be approached in many different ways and our students will be introduced to

  1. Expressive Activity: programmes of learning have been devised to promote stu-dents’ ability to respond to a stimulus, theme or idea in a personal and expressive way. Ideas and perceptions and feelings can be expressed in a variety of ways by experimenting with materials, media and in creative use of visual language.
  2. Design: influences our lives as members of the community, as consumers and as guardians of the environment. Our world is constantly changing and learning through design based programmes of study can help students to evaluate and shape our environment more creatively. Students will understand the importance of the visual aspects of design and recognise those areas which specifically depend upon the techniques and approaches of the Visual Arts.
  3. Critical Studies: allows students to implement and build work up from our Re-sources Centre, while developing skills to evaluate their own work and that of oth-ers. The skills taught for research and in depth analysis are transferable across the curriculum. We have an ever changing stimulating programme of working with art-ists, designers and craftspeople.


  • Coursework (60%) consists of more than one extended collection of work, a pro-ject which demonstrates an ability to sustain work from an initial starting point, in-cluding a project brief, to the realisation of intentions and including evidence of re-search, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical/contextual sources.
  • Evidence can include both 2 and 3 dimensional materials.
  • Finished work must reflect an understanding of materials and visual language with reference to other artists, designers and crafts people.
  • Externally Set Task - (40%)
  • 10 hour practical examination
  • This component is like another unit of coursework but is completed under supervision and candidates are given the paper in advance of the exam to prepare.

Art & Design

Our GCSE course will offer candidates the opportunities to explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design from past and more recent times. This will include Euro-pean and non-European examples. Stu-dents will demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. They can select from a range of processes including stone carving, painting, print making and digital photography.


Textile Design

Our GCSE Course for Textile Design will offer students the opportunities to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area (s) including;

  • Fashion and Costume
  • Printed and/or Dyed Fabrics
  • Domestic Textiles
  • Constructed and/or Stitched Textiles
  • Embellished Textiles