Art & Design


The Art Department at Christ's aims to engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress through the school, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They should also know how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and economic growth of the world around them.

The Department has two large well-equipped specialist rooms with an adjoining kiln room and is led by Mr Hordern, an Art specialist, and Head of Facility and Ms MacNaughton, an Art specialist and by the Faculties Technician Alice Foxen. Producing consistently good results, the Department ensures all schemes of study cover the traditional aspects of Art and Design, material topics such as painting, sculpture and printmaking, whilst recognising the need to teach specific contemporary skill sets in digital media and photography.



The teaching of A Level Art and Design at Christ’s is broad and contemporary, seeking to immerse students in an environment where their creativity is challenged and where outcomes reflect personal choices and attitudes. The course features both technical teacher-led workshops and independent project time; allowing students to realise ambitious and present well thought out responses. At Christ's we follow the OCR examination board syllabus.

AS Fine Art Coursework Portfolio 60% of AS Marks, completed in Yr12 - Students complete one assignment. Depending on the students’ interests this might be a self-contained assignment, a series, or a set of work, together with planning sheets or sketchbooks. The focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills.

AS Controlled Assignment 40% of AS Marks, completed in Yr12 - Students will have a minimum of 6 weeks to prepare for their controlled test, choosing one question which they will then research and respond too. The final piece of work will be produced during a 5 hour examination.

The A2 course follows a similar structure but requires students to be much more independent in their approach. Students will explore ideas of personal significance and as such will need to demonstrate good research and sound justification in their project portfolios.

Homework will involve both research and practical tasks, it is expected that for each lesson studied 1 hour of homework will also be completed. Pupils are expected to demonstrate an interest in Art and Design outside of school, actively visiting galleries and exploring the work of other artists. Pupils have 5 lessons a week and every opportunity to work in the Department outside of lessons in numerous extra-curricular activities. Many pupils who study Art and Design at A Level go on to pursue careers in the creative field and study a diverse range of university subjects.


Christ's Art and Design Department has a proud history of involvement in local and national Art competitions and awards. In 2015 the Sixth Form completed workshops and staged an exhibition through The Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston called Where is Here? The pupils produced work in response to the artist Laura Oldfield and with assistance from gallery staff produced both billboard designs and a zine - a small illustrated booklet.


Potential careers or further education courses for Art and Design pupils after A Levels include:

ArchitectArchitectural technician or technologistArt editorArt gallery curatorArts administratorArt therapistBookbinder or print finisherCeramics designer-maker,Costume designerDesign engineerDressmakerExhibition designerFashion designerFine artistFloristFootwear designerFurniture designerGlassmakerGraphic designerHat designer or millinerIllustratorInterior designerJewellery designer-makerLandscape architectMake-up artistMuseum assistantMuseum curator,Pattern cutterPhotographerPhotographic stylist/technicianPre-press operatorPrinting administratorProduct designerProp makerSet designerSewing machinist,SignwriterTailorTattooistTextile designerTextiles production managerUpholstererVisual merchandiserWeb designer


Exam board websites:

  • OCR GSCE Exam Board: OCR
  • OCR AS/A2 Exam Board: OCR

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