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Art and Design

Curriculum vision

“Every child is an Artist” – Pablo Picasso

As a department we aspire to make Art and Design enjoyable, interesting and challenging for every student regardless of their ability.

In the Art department we will develop students’ creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their application of techniques and processes.

Key stage 3

As students progress through years 8, 9 and 10, they should be able to develop their thinking skills and personal capabilities and grow a more rigorous understanding of art and design and how it helps shape our history, culture and the outside world.

At the end of year 10 students are given the opportunity to continue their studies in Art and Design by choosing 2 pathways; GCSE Art and Design or OCN Art and Design.

Key stage 4

GCSE Art and Design (CCEA) - this is a 2 year course. Within the two-year course students are required to complete an Exploratory Portfolio of coursework, a body of work Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries and a final examination unit. Students have the opportunity to work in both 2D and 3D Fine Art and Design. During each project students will explore a theme, develop ideas and plan and produce a final outcome. Research, investigation and experimentation are an integral part of each body of work. Students often visit local galleries for inspiration and undertake workshops by visiting artists.

GCSE Moving Image Arts (CCEA) - this is a 2 year course. GCSE Moving Image Arts (MIA) offers students a unique opportunity to develop and nurture their budding skills as film-makers. MIA is an ideal choice for students wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries, which value and promote independence, originality, creative enterprise and technical skill. The course develops creative and critical abilities in writing, directing, editing, producing and analysing films from a range of contexts and disciplines.

Art and Design (OCN) Level 2 - this is a 2 year course. The OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design qualification has been developed to provide learners with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to contribute to art and design activities. In order to achieve this qualification, learners must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits from the optional units.

Key stage 5

Art and Design (OCN) Level 3 - this is a 2 year course. Over a two year course students will work towards completing a Certificate (Year 13) and a full Diploma (Year 14) in Art and Design. This qualification provides an understanding of art, design and craft through engagement with the work of artists and designers. Students have the opportunity to gain practical and creative skills by working with the 2D and 3D materials, processes and techniques of their choice. Available options include photography, graphic design, 3D, fine art and fashion.This course will prepare students for the next stage in their creative pathway, to study at University.


The department organises trips and visits numerous trips and visits to enrich students' appreciation of Art.

The department holds an annual Art Exhibition in the summer term to showcase our students' work to the community.

Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’