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Art & Design

Mr Burman

Welcome to the Art and Design Department at New College Leicester.

The Art and Design department offers students a wide variety of experiences within a purpose built environment. The department, which is based in the heart of the college, includes three art teaching spaces, a ceramics and 3D classroom, textiles room, digital arts suite and a photographic darkroom/studio.

Students have easy access to computers which we increasingly use to aid Art and Design activities. We positively encourage the use of our facilities by enthusiastic students at lunchtime and after school when they can pursue their own interests or extend upon the work produced in normal lessons.

Every year students who perform well are justifiably proud of their achievements and we recognise this by displaying their work around the college which provides on going inspiration to others.

Key Stage 3

The teaching of Art and Design in Key Stage 3 provides students with a year on year accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience. Throughout the two years we teach in mixed groups averaging 20 students in each class for practical work. Each student has one lesson of one hours’ duration every week.

Extension work is seen as a key element for students to support their progress and relevant tasks are set on a regular basis which link into the programmes of study. All our students are encouraged to do art work in their own time and the department team of teachers provide extra-curricular time at lunchtimes and after school to facilitate this process.

Each programme of study integrates the use of a range of specialist media. Students will be given opportunities to experience 3D materials, printing and digital art.

The main areas of study in Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term Basic skills and techniques Perspective
Spring Term Colour Landscape
Summer Term Cultural project Still life


Key Stage 4

At the end of Year 8 students are provided with the opportunity to specialise in Art and Design as a GCSE subject. Year 9 is a starter course intended as a grounding for independent work in Year 10 and 11. The curriculum time provision is three lessons of one hours’ duration each week over two years. Art and Design has traditionally been a popular subject at GCSE level and results have remained consistently strong over a number of years.

GCSE 9 – 1 Art and Design

OCR GCSE Fine Art (Syllabus Number J171)

The Key Stage 4 course is made up of two units; the portfolio (coursework) which is 60% of the marks and the set task (externally set) which is 40%.

In Year 9 students follow a techniques based course using an extensive range of media and materials. The aim is to provide students with the skills to enable them to become independent learners in Years 10 and 11. Students will acquire these many skills whilst working through a programme of study utilising the themes of ‘The Portrait’ and ‘The Human Figure’.

In Year 10 students are provided with a full range of experiences which will enable them to become independent in the use of a variety of different media and techniques and develop creative skills. Fine Art specialises in the use of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, lens based imagery and mixed media.

In Year 11 students will complete the main project for the portfolio which is set by the Art team using starting points and themes which focus on exploration, research, skills and producing quality outcomes. Students are encouraged to create work that is personal, informed and meaningful.

Unit 2 the set task involves students developing a personal response from a list of starting points provided by OCR. The set task paper is given to students in January. They then have a number of weeks to plan and prepare independently.

There then follows 10 hours of supervised time to produce the final outcome or response.

Both units are assessed using OCR criteria:

  • Assessment objective 1 – Develop ideas
  • Assessment objective 2 – Refine ideas
  • Assessment objective 3 – Record ideas
  • Assessment objective 4 – Present a response


OCR GCSE Photography (Syllabus Number J173) which is an extra-curricular course.

GCSE Photography is offered as an extra-curricular class for one hour a week tuition. Learners will experience studio, experimental and location photography.


Thank you,

Mr J Burman – Head of Art and Design

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