Art & Design

Art & Design is a highly successful subject at Clyst Vale and has a central role in the College’s achievements. Progress made by student is dramatic in KS3, and both GCSE and A Level results reflect a high level of achievement in comparison to national and local pass rates. The department currently consists of one full time and three part-time members of teaching staff, each bringing high levels of expertise and experience to our subject area.


Art & Design Staff Teaching Team

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students are taught for two hours per fortnight. Each lesson is an hour long and both lessons may be timetabled within the same week.

The curriculum is structured so that delivery of the National Curriculum is managed in a way which allows students to be introduced to a variety of work across time and place through progressive schemes of work which focus on a variety of key concepts and themes in Art.

Students take baseline art tests (BArts) at the beginning and end of each year in order to measure progress and provide targeted individual support that enables every student to progress.

Key Stage 4
Students opting for GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Photography have five hours of classes per fortnight in Year 10 and Year 11.

The GCSE course follows the Edexcel Art syllabus. Both courses are very popular with four classes in each year routinely exceeding national and local levels for attainment and progress.

Students must submit two projects for coursework assessment which makes up 60% of their final GCSE grade and a controlled test over ten hours, which makes up 40% of their final grade.

Key Stage 5
Students receive eight one hour lessons during the course of the two week timetable. Students are expected to match this contact time with eight hours of independent study time during the course of each fortnight.

Courses are offered in Fine Art and Photography with both attracting large numbers of candidates and excellent pass rates at the end of the course.

Photography includes artwork in film, video and digital imaging. Frequently, the techniques of the different disciplines are used to convey messages and create works in other graphic disciplines, such as television advertisements and the use of photographic images in magazines, books, advertisements and in digital forms.

On this course the emphasis will be on digital photography, animated film and video.

Fine Art includes drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Frequently, the techniques of the different disciplines are used to convey messages and create works in other disciplines, such as installation or video. Research and analysis of artists work forms the basis of all coursework and is used to inspire and inform the students work.

On this course the emphasis will be on the formal elements of art and the development of individual responses based on the project theme and artist’s studied, all students will take part in peer and group assessment and critiques of their work at regular intervals.