Subjects
at Cockermouth School

Art & Design

Art and Design has the power to deepen, broaden and transform the lives of our students. It is our role to bring to the surface the creativity within students, to teach them to accept themselves and connect with their surroundings. The visual nature of the subject lends itself to be a valuable source of self-expression and discussion in the whole school and wider community. As a department we are keen to introduce our students to the exciting opportunities available within the creative industries.

Key Stage 3

Art, Craft and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges all our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of Art, Craft and Design. As students progress through Key Stage 3, they develop their critical thinking and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. 

Key Stage 4

GCSE ART AND DESIGN

This is an exciting course that covers a wide range of Art and Design areas. The course develops both artistic and design skills using a variety of art materials, processes and media. The disciplines of ceramics, sculpture, print making, fashion, illustration, painting and digital art are explored. The appreciation of both historical and contemporary artists and designers is an integral part of the course.

GCSE TEXTILES

Students enjoy producing observations and ideas with an emphasis on using fabrics and threads as the prime materials to produce the work. Areas such as fashion, costume and jewellery design might be studied alongside textile art. The appreciation of both historical and contemporary artists and designers is an integral part of the course.

BTEC ART AND DESIGN

This challenging Art and Design course develops students’ understanding of the real world, where artists, craftsperson and designers work on clients’ design briefs. The course develops both artistic and design skills using a variety of art materials, processes and media. The course offers a wide understanding and appreciation of art and design by developing communication, planning and team working skills. 25% of the course is an external assessment and will be conducted in Year 11.

Key Stage 5

AS & A LEVEL ART, CRAFT & DESIGN

This course gives students a rounded exposure to different aspects of Art, Craft & Design allowing them to display their abilities in a variety of artistic disciplines and demonstrate their understanding of these contexts. Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in Photography, Fashion, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Textiles and Graphic Design. Students need to focus on at least 2 of these areas.

Outside the Classroom

The appreciation of the work of other artists is a vital part of Art and Design education students are introduced to both historical and contemporary artists. There are numerous opportunities to taking part in the Art enrichment visits to both local and national galleries. Only when young people can appreciate their own surroundings and existence can they appreciate a wider cultural experience and begin to learn their own significance. We enjoy close links with both local and national creative communities and cultural institutions and are connected to a wide range of external organisations such as C Art, The Big Draw & The University Of Cumbria’s Art and Design faculty.