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Arts & Design

Art & Design


The study of GCSE Art and Design creates a pathway to a future career in a creative or cultural field. It builds on the knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3 and prepares students for further study in Art and Design. You will have opportunities to develop your creative, intellectual and artistic abilities. You will also have stimulating and challenging opportunities to develop personal knowledge, understanding and skills through investigating, realising, experimenting and problem solving, which will contribute to your employability.

Art & Design


  • HOD: Mrs S McCarthy
  • Mrs B McVeigh
  • Mrs C Strain
  • Mrs C Corr


COURSE CONTENT: Explanatory portfolio, Investigation of the creative and cultural

Industries and externally set assignment.


YEAR 11: Component 1 Part A: Explanatory Portfolio (to be completed by end of Phase 3 —June)


You must explore at least two disciplines, and these can be drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, graphic design, photography or 3D design.


YEAR 12: Component 1 Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries (to be completed by the end of Dec)


You will complete one practical task, set by your teacher. You will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Part A. You will learn about the different roles and work practices used in production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries. This may include practical opportunities, for example workshops, museum visits, gallery visits or collaborating on a project. You will document your research and use drawing to support the development of your work.


You will produce an outcome.


Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Jan-Mid April) You will complete work in response to a stimulus paper that CCEA release in the final year of the course. You will complete at least 20 hours of preparatory work in response to the theme in the paper. You will also produce and complete a final outcome based on your preparatory work within a set period of 10 hours under exam conditions.


The creative and cultural industries are fast growing areas of the economy and are key to economic success. Northern Ireland has established a reputation in these industries. The study of GCE Art & Design nurtures a range of qualities which are highly sought after by employers. These include creativity, problem solving, resourcefulness, resilience, imagination, empathy and innovation. Higher order thinking skills such as researching, analysing and reflecting are embedded throughout this qualification. Possible careers include advertising, architecture, art curation, craft, jewellery design, fashion design, car design, film, costume design, special effects, make-up, photography, graphic design, set design, furniture design, interior design, animation, software design, toys and game design. A wide range of STEM careers such as engineering now also require creative, artistic and design skills.