Coastal Academy Trust

Art & Design

Curriculum Intent Statement

Globally Diverse Ambitious for the Future Inquisitive Learners

In the Art department, we aim for students to: 

  • Have fair open discussions with no fear of ridicule.
  • Be culturally aware of other points of view, an understanding of their own identity and a sense of belonging in Thanet and the wider world.
  • Respect each other, their work, have a safe environment to thrive and have equipment to enable them to each their potential.
  • Partake in local and national events, to work with the local community, both in and out of school.
  • Have a meaningful, relevant work experience and be given the opportunity to widen their employability in the creative industries.

In the Art department, we aim for students to:  

  • Take risks, accept failure and then have the resolve to overcome hurdles, learning to use this in their learning and everyday life.
  • Deal with real life scenarios, having experiences of Food Tech, Architecture, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles and Ceramics.
  • Develop their talents to their full potential, thus enabling students to be employable or ready for higher education
  • Study art, and all its facets, to a higher level, enabling students to specialise, leading to a specific career or to develop an understanding of Art and creative visual language if they are not specialising in this field. 
  • Achieve their full potential, accessing the higher grades, through effort and consistency.

In the Art department, we aim for students to: 

  • Be given the support of a qualified member of staff.
  • Enjoy and take ownership of their own work and progress.
  • Research relevant contextual sources, thus expanding their own knowledge and understanding.
  • Increase their subject specific vocabulary, being able to articulate themes and meanings, in depth and with accuracy.
  • Transfer their skills from art into other subjects, such as problem solving, independence, resilience and self analysis.

DESIGN KES Learning Journey (1)


ART KES Learning Journey

Art Learning Journey

Design Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

Students are given the opportunity to experience and focus on a variety of media and techniques from an introductory phase in year 7 to a development phase in year 8 and then on to a more sustained phase in year 9, in order to broaden their understanding of art and design. Through learning new skills and the sustained use of these, students gain the confidence to experiment whilst problem solving through trial and error and learning that making mistakes leads to a more informed understanding. This practise and exposure to different types of art, craft and design will lead to the enthusiasm of enquiry and to independently seek out new ways of self-expression throughout the school career and beyond. In art we focus on the elements of art representing the building blocks of art creation. We incorporate the principles of design as a way to use the elements of art effectively and to provide a starting point when critiquing art. Design lessons allow us to open students to industry based projects such as architecture, ceramics, graphic design, textiles, photography and printmaking. 

Throughout the KS3 curriculum students are exposed to how Art and Design permeates life both locally and globally. Students are encouraged to take part in community art projects and competitions as well as working with peers in all year groups on school projects that benefit the whole school community.


Key Stage 4

Students are given the opportunity to study Art GCSE or Photography GCSE in Key Stage 4 supported by specialist teachers. For both of these courses students are given the opportunity to experience and focus on different materials, techniques and processes and encouraged to experiment with these skills. Students are taught to make correlations between themselves and their work, developing ideas and concepts whether written or visual, focusing on vocabulary as well as skills. 

Both Art GCSE and Photography GCSE allow for personal expression encouraging students to develop their techniques and skills to a high level. Project based learning allows enquiry into art from other cultures and times creating a broader understanding of their place in the world and how their self-expression through art can develop their understanding and make sense of the world around them. 

The journey of learning for KS3 is extended into KS4 building on their skill and understanding about how the community around them and their cultural heritage is intrinsic to their artistic identity but not the limit to it.  As they are exposed to more complex concepts within art and design they are able to develop their skills based practise as well as developing an understanding of art critical and contextual studies.

GCSE Art & Design - Eduqas

GCSE Photography - Eduqas


Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design and IB Visual Arts. Due to the vocational nature of the BTEC students are incrementally introduced to different facets of the Art and Design industry.  Within the BTEC course all assignments are created with real life scenarios where students are able to experience the type of opportunities that may be presented to them as young working professionals in the Art and Design industry, as well as preparing them to move on to the next stage of their Art and Design career. The level 3 course promotes the skills needed to manage a client brief, develop the research and presentation skills that are required as well as encouraging independence and the confidence to develop their own knowledge and artistic skills. The IB in Visual Arts shows students how to develop their own practice as an artist, taking them through how to develop technical skills as well as ideas and a solid understanding of critical and contextual studies. The students curate and put on an Art Exhibition at the end of the course.

IB Art & Design