Drumragh Integrated College

Art & Design Department

Staff Members : Mr G Bradley (HOD), Mrs L McKenna, Ms P Conlin (Technician)


We aim to encourage students to extend, explore and expand their creative thinking and problem solving skills.

· To provide a warm and creative environment for students to learn a range of skills across art disciplines.

· We aim to inspire students by introducing them to artists, craftspeople or designers, in their local context and from different periods of time and cultures.

· We aim to develop knowledge, inspire and enthuse, encouraging pupils to question, query and analyse.

· We aim to enrich students’ educational experience by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, to feel confident exploring media, and to be above to communicate ideas, feelings and opinions, in written or visual form.

Art & Design

Key Stage 3

The key elements underpin the curriculum; allowing pupils to observe, explore and respond to our visual environment. Pupils develop ideas, solve problems, design, analyse and evaluate artwork. Exploration of techniques develop practical skills and dexterity.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design  (CCEA)                                       


Course overview


GCSE Art and Design offers natural progression from Key Stage Three.

This course offers a broad and comprehensive approach which allows students to pursue a range of creative pathways.

It also encourages students to engage with the creative and cultural industries.

It is a coursework-based qualification:

Component One   (60%)

Component Two   (40%)


Course content


Component 1

Part A:

Exploratory Portfolio



Core knowledge and understanding

Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of formal visual elements through practical skills. They explore media, techniques and processes in at least two disciplines.





Part A (25%)

50 marks


Part B:


Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

(students complete one practical task)

Core skills


Students become increasingly skilled at developing ideas, applying understanding of relevant practices, refining their ideas, recording as they go and using visual language critically.



Part B (35%)

70 marks

Internally assessed and externally




Component 2


Externally Set






A stimulus paper is released in early January of the examination year

(i.e. year of completion).

Students complete a minimum of 20 hours of preparatory work in response to the theme.

Students also complete a final outcome within a set 10 hour examination period.






80 marks

Internally assessed and externally




Gold advice for organising yourself:


GCSE Planning Books are a key source of communicating, recording and planning. They help to develop independent thinking, tracking of progress and self-evaluation.



Gold advice for achieving your personal best:


Your personal best can be achieved by:

·       Putting the required amount of time into the task.

·       Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from these.

·       Learn from the work of others.

·       Act promptly on teacher guidance and direction.



Recommended resources inc websites:


Visit the Art and Design Microsite at www.ccea.org.uk



Key Stage 5 

For GCE Advanced Level Art & Design we choose to follow a programme that offers students a wide range of options, approaches and artistic outcomes. For students interested in A-Level it is a natural and suitably challenging progression from GCSE.

Students following the GCE course are encouraged to think, act and work like true artists and designers. The course is demanding, creatively challenging, enjoyable and ultimately very rewarding.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should have achieved Grade B or above at GCSE but there can be exceptions.

Course Structure and Assessment 

The course outlined is accredited by Edexcel.

Course Structure

· Centre- led exploratory activities.

· Structured teaching- developing own visual language.

· Formal elements/visual language/media and methods.

· Review and evaluation.

· Generating ideas.

· Contextual sources- gallery visits.

AS Level:

Skills Workshops

Component 1: Personal Investigation leading to production of a Key Piece

A2 Level:

Component 1: Personal Investigation (contd) leading to production of a Final Outcome with written element of 3000 words (max).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. Investigation of set theme leading to a Final Outcome (to be created in a 12 hour supervised period).

Assessment Summary

Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

Career Progression

Our past students of Art & Design have gone on to study in colleges in Northern Ireland, England and Europe; following courses in Fine Art, History of Art, Textiles, Jewellery, Fashion, Architecture, Computer Game Technology, Animation, Film-making and Web Design.

Lunch Time / After College Clubs

Key stage 3 Art Clubs available afterschool throughout the school year. 

Key Stage 4/5 support club during lunch and after school.  Extra time for guidance, space and use of resources in the Art Department. 

Extra Curricular Activities / Trips

Local visits to Strule Art Centre, Omagh.

Annual trip to Ulster Museum.

Collaborative School Trips, France, London etc.

Student Resources