Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower

Art & Design

Art & Design

Key Staff

  • Ms C Williams
  • Mrs G McGreevy
  • Miss N Neely (Technician)

The Art & Design Department at Wellington College provides opportunities for pupils to extend their knowledge and build on their skills and capabilities in Art & Design. Through the implementation of the revised N. Ireland Curriculum the Art & Design Department endeavours to promote a culture of and a thirst for Life Long Learning which facilitates and promotes transferable skills beyond the formal educational context.

All year 8, 9 & 10 follow a broad and balanced scheme of work over a three year period. The following is a breakdown of the units undertaken in the junior school. These units provide a solid foundation in Art & Design and provide the perfect platform for students who wish undertake further study at G.C.S.E and AS/A2 level. 

Year 8 disciplines

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting

Year 9 Disciplines

  • Textiles
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing (Human Figure)

Year 10 disciplines

  • Relief/Construction
  • Drawing (still life)
  • Graphic Design

GCSE (New Specification)

Why Study Art & Design?   

Students will:

  • Develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of the purpose of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts through their own work and the research of others’ work;
  • Have opportunities to actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design, developing their creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities, critical and reflective thinking skills and technical skills; and
  • Be encouraged to work independently and with a broad range of media to experiment, take risks and refine ideas and outcomes.



Content Summary



Component 1


Part A:

Exploratory Portfolio  (no final outcome


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.

Controlled assessment


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 moderated

Component 2:             Externally Set             Assignment

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 hours examination period.

Controlled Assessment


80 marks


Internally assessed and externally moderated




GCSE Artwork GCSE Artwork GCSE Artwork GCSE Artwork

AS and A2 Art & Design (For first teaching from September 2016)

Course Description

This course has been designed to give the student a broader and deeper understanding of Art, craft and design disciplines. This course has been revised and updated in light of the growing creative industries in N. Ireland and the UK.

These industries contribute significantly to the local economy and through undertaking the study of Art and Design it will prepare students who wish to progress in this area.

The following is an excerpt from CCEA about the new A’ Level Art;

The study of Art and design has an inherent capacity to develop key transferable skills and qualities which are highly sought after by employers. These include creativity, problem solving, resourcefulness, resilience, imagination, empathy, and innovation. Higher order thinking skills such as researching, analysing and reflecting are fundamental to this qualification. 

Key Features; The following is an important aspect of the new course:

This qualification is available as one of the following;

  • A general art and design qualification (Art, craft and design- combined studies)
  • A specialism in photography and lens-based media.
  • A specialism in three dimensional design.
  • A specialism in textiles.

Overview of Course Structure




AS 1:

Experimental Portfolio

Internally assessed by teachers, moderated by ccea.

Assessment objectives 1,2, and 3 only.

50% of AS

20% of A’level

AS 2:

Personal Response

Internally assessed by teachers, moderated by ccea.

Assessment objectives 4 heavily weighted than 1,2 and 3.

50% of AS

20% of A‘Level

A2 1:

Personal and Critical Investigation

Written investigation 1000-3000 wrds- externally assessed. 20% of A2

12% of A’Level.

Practical element internally assessed by teacher and moderated by ccea.

60% of A2

36% of A’Level

A2 2:

Thematic Outcome

Internally assessed by teachers, moderated by ccea. Assessment objective 4 more heavily weighted than assessment objectives 1,2 and 3.

40% of A2

24% of A’Level

Essential minimum criteria

Pupils must have achieved a grade A or above in G.C.S.E Art and Design.

A-Level Artwork A-Level Artwork A-Level Artwork

Many workforces require creative and original thinkers, people who are able to adapt to different processes and workloads and people who can work independently and as a team. In Art and Design, pupils are encouraged to develop and explore new and exciting materials and techniques allowing them to enhance their thinking skills and personal capabilities that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

The study of Art and Design is useful for careers in areas such as:

  • Advertising
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Community Artist
  • Film and Video
  • Fashion Design
  • Line Crafts
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Make-up
  • Model-making
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Product Design
  • Restoration
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Design
  • Television/Media
  • Textile Design

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