St. Joseph's Catholic College

Art & Design

 Curriculum Maps and Overviews


The Art & Design department at St Joseph's seeks to develop pupil's creativity and imagination through gaining skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject.

 Underpinning this we base our unique curriculum on 2 principles:

  • Developing Students’ Visual Communication Abilities – In order for students to express themselves creatively, they require the visual language skills to communicate their ideas and intentions. St Joseph’s students will explore and develop their skills in:
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Printmaking
    • Photography

This will fortify them with the key skills and techniques to express creative ideas in a range of ways and produce engaging personal responses.

  • Developing Students’ Creativity – Students will discover that ideas are not simply found or happened upon. There are rarely ‘lightbulb moments’. Creative ideas – “original ideas that have value” (Sir Ken Robinson, 2008) – must be worked at. They are the culmination of considered investigations and the bringing together of a range of inputs. Students will learn to develop their creativity through:
    • Contextual research into artists, craftspeople and other creative professionals
    • Engaging with cultural experiences
    • Sustained development of ideas, including reworking and redrafting
    • Responding positively to the critical feedback of their teacher and peers 

Course Outlines – at a glance

Key Stage 3:

 Year 7: Still Life 

  1. Still life drawing and painting – developing formal artistic skills and techniques
  2. Lino print – developing design ideas and exploring colour theory
  3. Paper Cut – designing, editing, reworking and constructing compositions focusing on shape and colour.

Year 8: Exploring Art Careers 

  1. Architecture – exploring 1, 2 and 3 point perspective drawing techniques to design cityscapes and building in response to a brief
  2. Character and soft toy designer – learning the design process and constructing a sustained personal response using textile techniques
  3. Graphic illustrator – Developing a character within the context of a graphic novel or comic book.

 Year 9: The Figure 

  1. Sculpture – exploring the human form and structure in three dimensions
  2. Drawing – exploring shape and proportion of the human form and investigating dynamic pose.
  3. Painting – developing drawings into painted outcome pieces, learning advanced colour theory techniques and painting processes.


Key Stage 4: 

  • GCSE Art and Design – The GCSE Art and Design program of study provides students with opportunities to grow as artists both technically and conceptually. Skills are taught and refined early on alongside contextual references. As the course progresses, students are provided with opportunities to develop their own interests through an unendorsed program that encompasses the full sphere of visual arts, including Fine Art, 3D and Sculpture, and Graphics.

  • GCSE Graphics – The GCSE Graphic Communication course is divided into three specific areas that Graphic Designers work within commercially; Branding and Advertising, Illustration, and Editorial Design with Photography. Students will respond to client style briefs to develop independent responses executed in traditional and digital media. Students will receive practical skills training as appropriate for each project followed by the opportunity for wider exploration of individual interests within the field of Graphic Design as the course progresses.