Art and Design


Mr J Kerr - (Head of Department)
Ms L Mc Nabb / Ms G Brady

Art Department

Key Stage 3

Pupils undertake a wide range of Art and Design activities at Key Stage 3. They use a variety of materials, media and processes to produce an assortment of Art and Design outcomes. These include paining, drawing, ceramics, ICT and print-making. The work of other artists forms the basis of almost all project work with pupils usually completing two to three projects in a school year. Traditional Art and Design skills are taught, developed and refined, as is the ability to think creatively and problem solve in innovative and unusual ways. The Art department is housed in two well equipped, large, bright classrooms. Pupils undertake Art classes for one hour per week at Key Stage three.


The GCSE Art and Design course is undertaken over two years. The course is offered by the CCEA examination board. The coursework portfolio is completed over the first year and up to Christmas of the second year with the exam being completed from then until May of the second year. Students are encouraged to select their own themes and topics and are then guided and encouraged by their Art teacher. Class sizes of usually between twelve to fourteen students allow substantial one to one support and direction. Students work in the department over two and a half hours per week.

A Level

The AS and A2 courses are those offered by the CCEA examination board. Students complete each course over one year. As in GCSE Art, students select their own themes for both coursework and for exam. Small class numbers allow for substantial one to one support and direction. Four and a half hours teaching time per week is allocated at A level.

Extra Curricular

The Art department offers a range of extra curricular activities. After school art clubs are offered and the art rooms are open almost every evening after school. The department also runs a very successful GCSE Photography course as an after school club. The Art and Design Department regularly run exciting trips and outings. Our most recent trip was a fantastic visit to New York City. The highlight of our year is the annual end of year Art exhibition that takes place every June.

Other articles of interest:

March 2017

AS Irish Workshop UU

» 3rd March 2017

Year 12 Retreat

» 6th March 2017

Year 14 Retreat

» 7th March 2017

Year 8 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 7th March 2017 at 1:00 - 3:30pm

Reconciliation Day

» 8th March 2017

Fainne Airgid

» 10th March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 11th March 2017

Unity Project 10A and 10E

» 13th March 2017

PTA / Student Council - Irish Night

» 14th March 2017 at 8pm

Year 14 Spanish Debate QUB

» 14th March 2017

Aifreann La Feile Padraig

» 15th March 2017

Exceptional Closure

» 16th March 2017

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 9:00am - 11:30am

Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Silver DoE Expedition

» 16th March 2017

St Patrick's Day Holiday

» 17th March 2017

History Berlin Trip

» 17th March 2017 ~ 20th March 2017

Year 12 GCSE PE Moderation

» 21st March 2017

Netball Finals

» 22nd March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 25th March 2017

Bronze DoE

» 25th March 2017

A2 Irish Work Shop UU

» 31st March 2017