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Why study Art at Tapton?

Excellent Examination Results
Our exam results are amazing and are sustained over time. We work hard to ensure that you get the best results you are capable of, and ensure you have a rigorous learning experience. 

Destinations and Career Prospects
Students regularly progress onto Architecture, Art, Fashion and Design at the best universities and colleges in the country, including Russell Group universities.

Art & Design offers many areas of employment, from Architecture to Fashion, Product Design or Interior Design, Textile Design, Theatre and Stage Design, Makeup, Advertising, Film - the list is growing!

Enrichment Opportunities
The Art department is open to students every evening after school, free classrooms are also available for Sixth Form students during the day.

We encourage all students to visit galleries, and offer trips to Derbyshire, London or Liverpool to visit Tate Britain and Tate Modern or Tate Liverpool; and a residential trip to Paris in Y12 where we visit 5 major galleries including the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre, the Musee D’Orsay, L’Orangerie; and also Monet’s legendary garden at Giverny. Students who took part in the Paris trip will develop this work to support Component 1.

You can also support learning in Lower School Art Classes, produce costume/props/sets for school productions and help at Art Club or Photoshop Society. 

What are the Entry Requirements? 

Grade 5 in Art. Individual entries will also be assessed on merit .

Students require a D Grade in the AS Level or in their end of year exam to progress from Year 12 to Year 13.

What else is required?

You are enthusiastic, open-minded and willing to learn new skills and techniques. You are inquisitive and enjoy looking at Art work from all periods and styles. You enjoy working as part of a group, but can work independently. You are determined and will work to ensure you succeed. You understand the need for resilience and want to learn.

Exam Board


What Will I study?
  • Fine Art: Drawing and painting using a range of techniques and styles. You will use a range of mediums, including oil, chalk pastel, charcoal, pencil, acrylics, mono-printing, etching, water colours. 
  • Textiles: Batik, screen-printing, felt-making, silk painting, weaving, free machine embroidery. 
  • Sculpture: Clay, card, wire construction, plaster. 
  • ICT: use of Adobe Photoshop, digital camera. 
  • Design: Aspects of design e.g. architecture, graphics, text, posters, packaging, related ICT. 
  • Research: As part of the programme of study, students must research and learn from investigations into the work of other artists, crafts persons and designers.
How will I be assessed?
  • Throughout the course students will take part in peer-group and self assessment in order to familiarise themselves with the Assessment Objectives, and become more objective in their skills of critique. 
  • Staff review work with students on a one-to-one basis regularly, giving support, feedback, and set targets for improvement and progression. 
  • Both units are internally assessed at the end of the course, and marks are moderated by a visiting assessor from AQA.