Design and Art (DNA)

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

Teacher Position Held
 Ms B Gleeson Assistnt Principal
Mrs J Bowens Head of Art
Ms L Benson  Teacher
Mr D O'Sullivan Teacher
Mrs Z Parker Teacher
Mr G Schless Teacher and Head of Year 10


Key Stage 3

Our vision is to inspire our students and to provide specialised teaching and learning at KS3 in preparation for GCSE, A Level and the creative world beyond. Our DNA faculty combines Art & Design into six specialist areas: Drawing, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphics and Elements & Principles.


Here, students identify, apply and develop the fundamental techniques, terminology, materials and processes of each DNA specialism, creating a solid knowledge platform and opportunity for more informed option choices at GCSE. We aim to achieve this via an exciting and dynamic DNA KS3 curriculum where there is practical focus in all lessons.


Students have one double lesson of DNA per week and are taught on a six week carousel.

Year 7

The emphasis is to introduce students to the fundementals of all the six specialisms. This will allow students a platform from which to build. It is expected that students will learn how to use materials and equipment sensibly and safely and demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity in their work.

Line Elements Introduction Modelling and Construction Graphics Introduction Photography Introduction Tie Dye
Texture Colour Clay Colour and Shape Sun Prints Batik
Tone Line Card Text Positive and Negative Shapes Hand Embroidery

Year 8

Year 9

The emphasis in Year 9 is on more challenging concepts and skills, which allow students to demonstrate maturity, understanding and a more personal approach to their work in preparation fro GCSE at Key Stage 4.

Observation Texture Relief Printing Composition Shoot Cycle Felt Making
Positive and Negative Shapes Space Lino Elements Editing/Photoshop Yarn Bombing
Perspective   Card   Joiners  

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

GCSE Art and Design is a two year Options subject in the college and offers the opportunity to learn about visual communication and expression. The course is delivered with an Art and Design focus, students can chose from the following subjects:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Graphics

Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative young artists. They will develop the skills to organise and express their ideas and observations through both traditional and contemporary approaches. Students have three lessons a week and are given the opportunity to work in the department outside of lessons. Homework is project based, set weekly and is both practical and written based.


The courses aim to nurture students and provide them with a broad understanding of Art and Design. Students build on areas of experience covered in years 7-9 as well as learning new skills in order to present possible solutions for their ideas in increasingly independent study. There is a critical and historical element to the course and students are expected to visit galleries and attend creative workshops.


The courses are assessed by Personal Portfolio (60%) and an externally set exam (40%). The external examination in Yr. 11 will last 10 hours but students will have 10 weeks preparatory time. The courses lay the foundation for the study of Art & Design at A -level and prepares for courses and careers in the creative field.


In Years 10 and 11, students will develop personal imaginative responses for each themed project.

Year 10

Year 11


What to do:

Creativity and self-motivation is an important part of the course. Students will be required to complete work and research outside of school to support their coursework. Students may need to buy/source some of their own materials for their work.



  • Weekly Art Clubs for KS3
  • HabsArt Club KS4
  • Opportunities to work with local artists and workshops
  • Participation in Art Exhibitions in school

Where to go:

Visit a variety of art galleries – Tate, Barbican, National Portrait Gallery, Hayward, Saatchi Gallery

Useful websites: – Tate Gallery – National Portrait Gallery – Hayward Gallery – Photographers’ Gallery – National History Museum –The National Gallery – Drawspace