Art and Design

Art makes children powerful – Bob and Roberta Smith, British contemporary artist, writer, musician and art education advocate.

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‘Fit for Life’ through Art

By creating artworks that express the artist’s imaginative or technical skill, art is intended to be appreciated for its beauty or emotional power. We want our students to be curious, engaged and adventurous individuals who will make their mark, not only in their artwork but also on their future lives. Through empowering our students to find their voice and value their creative journey, we hope to inspire and enthuse a generation of independent thinkers, confident decision makers and above all, unique artists.

At JSCHSart we ALL aspire to be individuals. To be unique. To be fearless. To be passionate.  To be smART.

Skills and Knowledge

Just like a successful piece of Art, Craft or Design needs to take account of the many formal elements of Art in order to make an impact on the viewer; a successful artist, craftsperson or designer needs to explore many artistic directions on their own journey of creation. The successful artist needs to know who they are, what they want and why they want to share it.  The act of creation is also an act of self-exploration, finding your passion and then exploring it is just the beginning of a long and fulfilling creative life. As a result, Key Stage 4 students will be encouraged to respond to their own thoughts, emotions, lives, likes and wants, in order to begin to understand who they are and what they want to say.  Projects will be personal and tailored towards discovering; ‘What kind of artist am I?’. The undertaking of technical artist workshops will extend knowledge of skills and materials whilst advancing techniques and artistic abilities with professional working methods and approaches. Students will be working as artists, craftspeople and designers to take work in the direction that they themselves want to travel as creative adults.  Focusing on an extended independent project that allows students to develop, refine, record and present their own ideas, opinions and views on a subject of their choice.  Independent sourcing of stimuli, working to deadlines, articulating processes and making artistic statements are all core components of becoming an artist.

Communication and Community

We believe that the study of Art, Craft and Design provides a platform for all students to positively observe the world around them and bravely find their own distinctive place within it; opening doors, broadening horizons and creating opportunities for self-discovery regardless of ability or background.  Visual art is a valuable tool for discovery, experimentation and development, where the process of creating is equally as important as any final outcome. We are committed to exploring possibilities, developing imagination, nurturing self-expression and supporting big ideas. We encourage our students to be open-minded, to make links between creative skills and other aspects of their lives and to value the importance of the arts on their own mental well-being. We hope our students enjoy creating, are enthused, playful in their experiments, and have fun.


Description Length Percentage Comment
Component 1: Portfolio Full course 60% All artwork produced
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 10 hour exam plus preparatory period 40% Exam paper available in January of Year 11


The study of art, craft and design can lead you into any sector within the Creative Industries as a whole, and isn’t limited to artists, craftspeople and designers.

Creative pathways can include:

  • Design and designer fashion
  • Architecture
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Publishing
  • Film
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Video and photography
  • Gaming
  • Music
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Arts and crafts