Art & Design


The most common question we are asked by pupils is: “I love art, but what jobs can I do?”

The ‘Career Opportunities’ section on this sheet and on our Firefly page will show you how studying Art and Design opens up a world of opportunities.

We know that employers look for creative thinkers, so whatever your career ambitions might be, having a qualification in Art and Design is the best way to show you have more to offer. 

Our department is staffed by experts with a wealth of experience working in the creative industries. We are highly skilled practitioners with specialisms across the disciplines. We are committed to providing pupils with a first class course and fully prepare them for the rigors of their GCSE course and beyond. Our pupils are confident artists and our results are consistently high.



Art & Design Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Code: J171

Photography Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Code: J173





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Topics Covered

We cover subject areas that will provide you with the best possible opportunity to develop your creative thinking skills and progress into a career in the creative industries should you wish to. 
You will have the opportunity to explore a number of exciting themes in a range of media including 3D sculpture, painting, printmaking, textiles, digital media film and photography.


  • 60% Coursework portfolio  
    You will complete a practical project and select your strongest work to submit as your coursework portfolio.  

  • 40% Set task  
    You will be given a set task paper 6-8 weeks in advance of your 10 hr practical exam, this will allow you to fully prepare and enter the exam with confidence.

Course Progression

Having pursued GCSE Art at Swanshurst, we have seen many of our  students go onto study the subject at A Level and then progress to study Art & Design at degree level at some of the country’s most highly regarded universities and then to secure employment in the creative industries.


We know that the ability to think creatively in an increasingly visual world, is a highly desirable skill and one prized by future employers, whatever the sector. 


Career Opportunities

Pursuing an education in Art & Design can lead to employment in the creative industries, a sector growing faster than any other in the UK. 

Jobs include: Architect, photographer, make up artist, fashion and accessories designer, interior designer, theatre designer, graphic 
designer, textile design, production designer for film and television, games and app designer, website designer, jewellery designer, fine art, art historian, curator, art therapist.