The Art and Design Department facilitates the personal development of pupils through creative and expressive activities. It promotes in the pupils a sense of enjoyment and enrichment in their lives.
Specifically the department teaches an appreciation of artists, designers and craft workers in society and other cultures, which helps the pupils to understand the diversity of people in their own community and the wider world community.
The Art & Design Department is a team of two full-time teachers, one part-time teacher and one part-time technician. The subject is taught from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 4 and 5. The demand for Art & Design is always high at GCSE and A-level, with results from CCEA examinations proving excellent year-on-year. Last year, the Department produced two of the highest scoring candidates for Art & Design in Northern Ireland at A-level.
Our programme of study covers drawing, painting, print-making, fashion and textiles, ceramics, photography, architecture, computer aided design and art history and appreciation. Pupils are assessed regularly through assigned homework, internal controlled assessments and bi-annual drawing exams.
The Art & Design Department is well resourced with three large teaching rooms, each with a shared resource room, a ceramics room with a kiln, and the recent addition of a sewing room.
The Art & Design Department has a strong presence within the school, contributing to activities within the liturgical year and on school occasions such as the Christmas show. End of year exhibitions take place for all exam students and pupils are frequently encouraged to enter external competitions.