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Art and Design

In Art and Design, pupils have opportunities to develop personal creativity and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities. They explore drawing and graphic media, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, three-dimensional construction or prototyping, and lens-based and digital media.

Art and Design activities enable pupils to:

  • observe and interpret their visual environment;
  • visually express their ideas, thoughts, feelings and personal responses;
  • explore and develop imagination and ideas;
  • solve problems and create solutions, designs and products;
  • use art and design vocabulary to critically analyse and evaluate art and design works;
  • understand shape and space in two and three dimensions; and
  • explore and use a range of techniques and materials, developing practical skills and dexterity.

Pupils also need opportunities to collaborate, work independently, embrace diversity and disrupt existing preconceptions and stereotypes. Teachers should give pupils as much experience as possible of real-life contexts for Art and Design, for example through contact with practitioners and visits to exhibitions and galleries.

Key Elements

The key elements that underpin the curriculum objectives are key issues for modern society. The statutory requirements for this subject strand make these key elements explicit.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for Art and Design at Key Stage 3 and the Key Stage 3 Non-Statutory Guidance for Art and Design.


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