Art & Design Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities?

Mr G Crannage BA (Hons) MFA. - Subject Leader Art and Design

Mr A Vest - Art & Design Teacher

KS3 curriculum

In KS3 pupils are taught the formal elements in art and design, they learn how to think like an artist or designer and also how to analyse and evaluate their own work as well as the work of famous artists and designers.

KS4 curriculum

Pupils cover four assessment objectives that include recording observations, exploring media, analysing the work of artists and producing personal responses.

Qualifications gained

Edexcel GCSE Art and Design

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Pathways into further education

Edexcel GCSE Art and Design leads directly to A Level study as well as Specialist BTEC Diplomas. There are also a large number of art and design apprenticeships that the creative industries offer right here in Teesside.

Both A Level Art and Design and BTEC Diploma Level 3 courses provide direct access to apprenticeships, employment and University.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Hartlepool Sixth Form College A Levels include:

  • A Level Fine Art
  • A Level Photography
  • A Level Textiles
  • A Level Graphic Products

Specialist Diplomas: The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma offered at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) and Hartlepool College of Further Education (HCFE) is the exact equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides direct access to the best Universities in the UK.

CCAD and HCFE courses include the following pathways:


Vehicle Design

Furniture Design

Interior Design

Fashion Design

Fashion Marketing

Textile Design

Design Crafts

Multi Media Design

Games Design

Graphic Design


Job opportunities:

In Britain the creative industries alone are worth more than £36 billion a year. They account for £1 in every £10 of the country’s export and employ 1.5 million people. Designers are amongst the highest paid professionals in the UK. Art and Design diplomas and degrees produce adaptable and entrepreneurial professionals across a wide range of industries. Past pupils have gone on to study at Goldsmiths College London, Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins London. Many pupils have chosen to stay closer to home and take up study at Newcastle University and Northumbria University – both having excellent reputations for producing world class designers.
St. Hild's pupils have gone forward to enjoy glittering careers in all of the design sectors including architecture, fashion and games design. A past student Emma Crowther is a senior designer for Nike working in Amsterdam. Her personal clients include the England Football team (Emma designed the World Cup strip for England) and Manchester United. Emma is just one of a long list of past pupils that has started their journey here at St. Hild's.

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