Art & Design 


The GCSE in Art & Design is a highly creative course, which covers a broad range of techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, mixed media, ceramic and stained glass work. Pupils can develop their own theme, and produce work in any media of their choice. Structured creative projects over the course of 2 years are designed to teach a wide variety of artistic skills.


Why study Art & Design?                  


  • Pupils have the opportunity to explore their own ideas, experiences and opinions and to create artwork which communicates this.
  • Employers often refer to the need for creative thinkers when looking for recruits. Studying Art & Design can lead on do a wide variety of further and higher education courses and careers in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, History of Art, Digital Media, and Art Directing.
  • Opportunities to learn specialist digital, mixed media and sculptural approaches to art and design.
  • To spend dedicated time perfecting artistic skills and access one to one support.
  • Learn how to use a photographic dark room, a ceramic and stained glass kiln and work on professional canvases.


Exam Board and Specification AQA Art & Design GCSE
Key areas of content


  • Contextual and historical research from a variety of different time periods and cultures.
  • Artists research, gallery visits, visiting artists workshops and independent study visits in London.
  • Drawing and recording methods, including keeping a personal sketchbook and photographic documentation.
  • Descriptive, analytical and critical writing methods.
  • Applying knowledge and understanding in making images, artefacts and products – reviewing and modifying work, and planning and developing ideas in the light of your own and others’ evaluations.
  • Workshops in drawing, printing, painting, photography, mixed media and sculptural techniques.
Assessment arrangements                    

Final assessment is in the form of a display of work which contains the following: Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art & Design is weighted at 60 per cent of the course

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art & Design is weighted at 40 per cent of the course. Paper given in Jan for exam question to be researched, then timed exam over 10 hours (2 days) in April.


Textbooks, websites and other relevant material                    

General textbooks

Brettal, R (1999) Oxford History of Modern Art Oxford University Press

Collings, M (1999) This is Modern Art Weidenfield and Nicholson

Lucie-Smith, E (1999) Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists Thames and Hudson

Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1996) 20th Century Photography Taschen

Raeburn, M (1999) Vision, 50 Years of British Creativity Thames and Hudson

Taylor, R (1999) Understanding and Investigating Art Hodder & Stoughton

Vaisey, M (ed) (1999) Art, the Critics’ Choice Aurum Press

Walter, I (ed) (1996) Masterpieces of Western Art Taschen

Wilkins, Schultz and Linduff (1997) Art Past Art Present Abrams



Any other information Pupils have access to a fantastically well- resourced art and design department, including a kiln for stained glass and ceramics, a specialist art library, a photographic dark room, a suite of mac books, CS6 art and design software, painting easels, 3D printer and a laser cutter.

Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the Art & Design Department can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: Art & Design


To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2018-19


If you have any queries please contact Head of Art & Design Ms Gougeon


Year 10 Galleries

See here for Year 10 Art Gallery.

See here for Year 10 Product and Design Gallery