Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human expression and creativity.

As such, the art, craft and design curriculum at Shuttleworth College aims to engage, inspire and challenge; equipping pupils with the confidence, knowledge and skills to experiment, analyse, design and create works of art with increasing pride, resilience, independence and confidence.

Pupils are taught to; use a range of techniques to record observations in a sketchbooks, journal and other media as a basis for exploring ideas; use a range of two and three dimensional techniques and media including printmaking and ceramics; analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen visual impact and refine application; and draw knowledge and inspiration from a range of art, craft and design genres, including periods, styles and major movements from different eras and cultures.

We support literacy by…

ensuring that analysis and annotation forms an essential part of the art, craft and design curriculum. Pupils 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, 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 their form groups. In Year 8, they are then set according to their attainment and progress in the previous 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?

  • Year 7 & 8 – 1hr per week.
  • Year 9 & 10 – 3hrs per week.
  • Year 11 – 2hrs per week.

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 afterschool. We also look forward to establishing greater links with local artists and art galleries in 2018-2019.


Ms. C. Walsh


Art, Craft and 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