Art, craft and design education allows us to engage our senses, consider our perspectives and perceive the world in new ways. It fosters imagination, creativity, understanding and appreciation of aesthetics. Moreoever, it is essential for our personal and social development and sense of self.

The art, craft and design curriculum at Shuttleworth College aims to engage, inspire and challenge.  It is our vision to equip our students with the confidence, knowledge and skills to experiment, analyse, communicate, design and create works of art with increasing pride, resilience, independence and confidence.

Students are taught to use a range of techniques to record observations in a sketchbooks and other formats as a basis for exploring ideas and they experiment with a wide range of two and three dimensional media and processes, including printmaking and ceramics. Through analysis and evaluation of their own work, and that of others, students refine application techniques and visual impact of their creative outcomes. Across both key stages students conduct research and gain knowledge and inspiration from a range of art, craft and design genres and the world around them.

We support literacy by…

ensuring that analysis and annotation forms an essential part of the art, craft and design curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop a vast repertoire of subject specific vocabulary, develop skills in analysing the work of others, evaluating outcomes and explaining thought processes in spoken and written forms. Critique of their own and others work forms a fundamental part of every art, craft and design lesson and as such, pupils become increasingly confident in voicing their opinions and offering advice for development in extended sentences, demonstrating sound use of art language.

We support numeracy by…

the use of ratios, fractions, scaling, repetition, pattern and measurement within the curriculum.


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How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

In Year 7, students are set according to prior ability. In Years 8 & 9, they are set with consideration to their attainment and progress in the previous academic year.  Throughout Key Stage 4, students are set according to their chosen GCSE options.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Years 7 -9 – 1 hour per week.
  • Years 10 & 11 – 5 hours per fortnight.

What are the career opportunities of this subject?

Careers in the creative industries now represent over 20% of jobs in the UK today. Due to this, fashion/textiles, photography, television and film, advertising, theatre, illustration, interior/commercial design, and architecture are all excellent career paths. Qualifications in this area are also useful in all careers where imagination and presentation skills are required.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

Students at both key stages have the opportunity to access the art department during lunchtimes and after school. We also look forward to establishing greater links with local artists and art galleries in 2020-2021.

Are there any adaptations to Art, Craft & Design due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

From September 2020, the Creative Technology faculty subjects of art and technology will be delivered in a different way to the given curriculum model.

At Key Stage 3, art and technology themes and content have been blended into learning programmes suitable for delivery within ‘normal’ classrooms. Whilst access to specialist materials and equipment has been limited, we are excited about the opportunity for pupils to use embed and transfer skills between the two subjects.

Year 7: Packaging and Promotion, Year 8: Paper Engineering, Year 9: Biomimicry

At Key Stage 4, there have been slight adaptations to the NEA expectations in both GCSE Art, Craft and Design and GCSE Design and Technology. We are currently waiting for further details from AQA.

GCSE Art, Craft and Design: Pupils will only complete Component 1- Portfolio of Work. They will not be issued with Component 2- Externally Set Task, therefore will continue with the development of their personal portfolio until March.


Ms. C. Walsh


Art, Craft & Design 5 Year Curriculum Map

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Art, Craft and Design Syllabus

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas

“I really enjoy my art lessons as I get to develop my own ideas and be really creative. I like working with a range of media and I have really enjoyed the 'Identity' project this year. I have developed my drawing skills but have also made a ceramic artwork that I am really proud of.”

Year 9 pupil