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Art and Design

Staff List and HOD Names

Ms M Donaghy ( HOD),

Mrs C O’Neill

Mrs J Caffrey 

Miss A Trainor 

Miss G O’Rawe 

Miss N Stitt 

Mr D Bell

Aims of Department

The Art department aims to make Art exciting, interesting, relevant and enjoyable for all pupils. We work hard to develop and encourage pupils’ familiarity of Art and Design concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary. Art is a fully inclusive subject that allows all pupils, regardless of their ability, to achieve their full creative potential.

Art and Design activities enable pupils to:

  • observe and interpret their visual environment;

  • visually express their ideas, thoughts, feelings and personal responses;

  • explore and develop imagination and ideas;

  • solve problems and create solutions, designs and products;

Outline of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Key stage 3

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Art and Design and the key visual elements of line, tone, colour, shape and texture. In researching these elements students learn about key practitioners and artists such as Van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Their drawing and painting skills are developed through the study of a range of different themes, ranging from personal awareness to wider cultural and environmental topics. Students are given the opportunity to experience a range of different media such as textiles, print-making and ceramics.


Key stage 4

There is a high demand for Art and Design at Key Stage 4 and the department achieves         excellent results.

Pupils follow CCEA GCSE Revised Art and Design 2017.

The course is comprised of 2 units. Each unit gives the student the opportunity to explore a range of artistic processes such as textiles, ceramics, print-making, 3-d sculpture, photography and ICT.

Career Opportunities

The creative and cultural industries are a fast growing area of the economy and are key to economic success. Northern Ireland and the UK have an established reputation in these industries.

Possible careers include advertising, architecture, art, curation, craft, jewellery, fashion design, car design, film, costume design, special effects, make-up, photography, graphic design, set design, furniture design, interior design, music, animation, performing arts, publishing, software design, toys and games design, TV, radio and video games design. A wide range of STEM careers such as engineering now also require creative, artistic and design skills.

Additional Information

Art Club meets every week to work on various art projects including murals inside and outside of school and work that pupils can take home. The club includes pupils from all year groups within the school and they are the current holders of the West Belfast Partnership Community Art award. The club have also been taken on trips to see professional Artists exhibitions. It is run by Mr Bell and Mr Graham.

Career Information and Guidance

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