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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Art & Textiles

Curriculum Intent

Art and Textiles promote the visual learner and thinker. Learning through and about the visual arts enriches the experience of studying while at school as well as preparing students for life after school. Arts and textiles encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity.

Imagination and Creativity. 
Students can take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds, exploring, building on and recording their own creative and imaginative ideas.

Making artwork or visual outcomes allows students to express our feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate to others.

Visual thinking encourages students to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone.  

Observational skills.  Observing the subject matter of the real-world scene we are drawing from more closely, and makes students better observers of detail in the world around them, creating their visual sensitivity to the world.

Problem solving and analytical skills.  Developing imagery or visual outcomes enables students to explore and test out ideas, while making decisions on how they choose to depict them.

Autonomy.  Creating their own work to decide what it communicates, building up confidence and self-esteem.


Year 9 - Art & Design Curriculum Presentation


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Year 9 - Textiles Curriculum Presentation


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Curriculum Sequences


Revision resources

This will be any books identified in current Yr11 textbooks section


Specification and past papers


Careers Opportunities

The dynamic world of art and design provides an array of career opportunities for just about every creative person. Art and design careers such as becoming a graphic designer, fashion designer and interior designer combine creativity with practical skills and studying architecture links art and a mathematical mind.

Just about every sector needs people with a background of art and design. With art and design careers people use their creative skills to communicate their client’s message.


Careers include: 

  • Advertising art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Fine artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Exhibition designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Industrial/product designer
  • Animator
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Commercial art gallery manager
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer