A significant level of creativity is evident, especially in art and drama.

ISI 2013


At Plymouth College Art & Design is taught in a way which aims to provide a broad and humanising educational experience that nurtures intellectual and emotional development.

By empowering students with an understanding of visual language art gives entry through its particular heritage to the common fund of experience. Through the teaching of conceptual thinking, observational skills, analytical abilities and critical understanding we foster and encourage direct personal expression, sensitivity and imagination.

Key to this is the ability to record from direct observation and personal experience. Students are expected not only to observe the world but also by recording, to engage with it and in responding, comment on it. To enable this we teach the grammar of visual language as well as the technical skills of recording.

At KS3 the schemes of work are underpinned by the formal elements of visual art:

• Line
• Shape
• Form
• Tone
• Colour
• Pattern
• Texture


Whilst these are not taught as discreet topics they form an essential part of the students’ understanding of how they create art, and through a series of thematic projects during this Key Stage, students will gain a basic understanding of the expressive power afforded by the properties of these elements. 


The GCSE course in art allows all students to experience a wide range of art subjects such as photography, printmaking, computer graphics, 3-dimensional design, and fine art before choosing which processes to use for their final unit.

The course is taught in two stages, 

  1. In Year 10 students will sample a range of different ways of making art, as mentioned above, working on a project in each area and producing a final piece each time.
  2. In Year 11 students will begin a final unit of work which will make use of their skills in their most successful Yr10 projects.
  3. At the end of the course students are required to produce a unit of work under exam conditions. This is an externally set piece, i.e. students pick from a list of themes provided by the exam board OCR.

Assessment is based on coursework 60%, and exam, 40%.

A significant level of creativity is evident, especially in art and drama.

ISI 2013
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