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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry

Art & Design



It is our aim in the Art & Design Department to provide all students with meaningful learning opportunities that will enable them to develop their creative, imaginative and intellectual abilities. 

Every student studying Art will have access to a wide variety of artistic forms;

drawing, painting, print making, photography, Graphic Design, fashion, sculpture and ceramics.


The aims of the Dept at KS3 relate to the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

The department aims to provide students with skills in developing personal projects, in the craft of making and designing, by working collaboratively as well as independently.


The Department currently has one full time and one part time specialist trained teachers.

 KS3 Art & Design Programme of Study

Art and Design is part of the statutory curriculum for every pupil at Key Stage three and it is an option for further study at Key Stage four.

Teachers in the Dept understand and recognise the importance of delivering stimulating Learning experiences and as a result we offer a wide range in our Programme of study.



  • Colour Theory and the Visual Elements 
  • Sea Life 
  • Self Portraits
  • Art of different Cultures



  • Painting Techniques
  • Nature
  • Fine Art Painting
  • 3D Shoe Design
  • Logos
  • Movement



  • Insects
  • Celtic Art
  • Reflection
  • Graphic Design
  • 2D /Textiles/Batik


The programme of work is supported by internal and external competitions and display of pupils work on a regular basis. Students work is exhibited at every opportunity including parent teacher meetings, Year 8 “Graduation” and year 12/13 prize giving night.


This allows the student the opportunity of seeing themselves and their work in a wider context.


Enrichment Activities

The development of students skills are further promoted through enrichment activities:

  • Visits to exhibitions by students and visiting artists
  • Visits to artists’ workshop
  • Art and Design students are responsible for many of the features that have come to represent the college i.e. the school badge, the redesigning of the school PE kit and the school tie.
  • P.6 taster/ P.7 induction lessons provided exciting workshops mentored and led by year 11 and 12 GCSE art pupils- Multi- media work embraced a wide range of techniques including painting, collage and stencilling.


In St Joseph’s College we follow CCEA GCSE Specification for Art and Design. This course lasts two years and over the two years, students complete two units of work.

The GCSE Programme is supported by regular attendance at exhibitions and creative workshops. These help promote the development of our student skills.



  • The department maintains close links with past pupils who have studied and brought Art and Design to their own careers. Many of our students have gone on to study Foundation Art and Design at Degree Level. Many have gone into the work environment as interior designers, beauticians, hair stylists as well as into the fashion and textile industry.

  • Some past pupils have returned to deliver workshops, relevant to their degrees i.e. Photoshop to our present GCSE students.