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Welcome to Art GCSE

A warm welcome from the creative Art Department at The Westgate School. GCSE Art and Design offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. 

Art and Design is the basis of most creative avenues, Architecture, Theatre design, Product design, Photography, Illustration, Fashion, Animation, Advertisement are just a few.

It give the students the opportunity to develop their basic drawing skills and encourage the development of ideas, independent thought and expression. They will learn new skills and techniques and become confident in developing their own ideas and imagination.

Students will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist analysis, development and final pieces. The projects enable students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction.

Students will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the two years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam.

The exam is a practical based exam.

The specification can be viewed here:

Student Testimonials 

I have always enjoyed art and it is so different to my other studies. I know that when I’m in my art lesson, I can be experimental and creative. I love my art lessons, they have a different atmosphere and I’m always feeling positive about them. I look forward to them each week, Aimie T.

I chose Art because not only could I enhance my skills but develop my creative thinking. I have always enjoyed Art and this subject has allowed me to try lots of different materials. I also like the freedom of choice we have in Art. I like being able to decide what artist to look at or what material to use, I think that freedom has given me confidence in my ideas, Sarah T.


How will it fit in with your other subjects? ​

Studying art and design helps to create a broad and balanced curriculum, which is an excellent foundation for whatever you want to do afterwards. The transferable skills you’ll gain, such as creativity, analysis and problem solving, complement a range of other subjects and careers.​

Do you have to be  good  at drawing?​

Whilst there is an important element to drawing and painting in art , you will have plenty of opportunities to find your strengths and eventually may prefer to work in other materials like clay or textiles. ​

Is Art GCSE hard?​

It is not hard if you enjoy it. Like all subjects, there will be challenges and some pieces may take a long time to finish. Time management is important. ​

What equipment will I need to buy?​

All the sketchbooks, art equipment and materials are available for you, however, we do encourage you to purchase equipment and an Art folder for you to continue to work at home. There are small charges for canvases if you wish to use one. ​

What's the point of doing Art?​

Studying the arts teaches determination and resilience – qualities useful to any career. When you study art, you learn to work both independently and collaboratively, you also gain experience in time management – skill sets valued by employers.​

The leading people in any field are those who can think creatively and innovatively. These are skills that employer's value alongside qualifications. ​

What career can you use art in?​

The creative industries in the U.K are rapidly growing. They contribute £92 billion to the economy and  employ over 3 million people. People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work. There are hundreds of special-isms but it is competitive, and you need to work hard. Some careers are: ​

Advertiser, Animator, Architect, Art Therapist, Cartoon/Comic art, Community arts, Costume design, Fashion design, Film director, Fine artist, Furniture design, Game design, Graphic design, Illustrator, Interior design, Jewellery design, Photographer, Product design, Sculptor, Set designer, Tattoo artist, Teacher, Theatre design, Web design​

For further information please contact:

Mrs Swift Curriculum Leader of Art