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Visual Arts

Introduction to the Subject & Team

We have an excellent Art and Design provision at Ossett Academy. The department currently consists of seven specialist teachers and one technician.

Mrs L Fozard

Mrs Lyndele Fozard 
Curriculum Team Leader, Teacher of Fine Art and Photography

Course Content at Key Stage 3

KS3: Art, Textiles and Photography

At KS3 Students develop their skills and subject knowledge within each area. They will have the opportunity to creatively develop ideas linked to contextual sources and explore a range of materials to develop their subject knowledge further. Our aim is to stretch and challenge students through exciting and engaging topics, building their confidence and offering them the opportunity to progress onto GCSE. You will:

  • Explore Art and Design through a variety of materials.
  • Find out how other Artists and Craftspeople work.
  • Develop ideas using ICT.
  • Record ideas using photography
  • Have the opportunity to be creative and develop your artistic skills.
  • Work on larger scale pieces.
  • Be independent in your learning
  • Produce quality art work.


Course Content at Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE: Art and Design, Fine Art, Textiles and Photography

AQA specification for Fine Art, Textiles and Photography: During Key Stage 4 students will work on centre given projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover contextual links through artists and art movements that can provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our outstanding art staff. Students will work in sketchbooks so that they can effectively show their creative journey. Students will specialise with the materials and equipment within their chosen endorsement.


Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

  • Animator
  • Art therapist
  • Games developer
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Make-up artist
  • Medical illustrator
  • Museum/gallery conservator
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
  • Photographer
  • Press photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Textile designer
  • Web designer
  • Arts administrator
  • Ceramics designer
  • Community arts worker
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine artist
  • Furniture designer

How Parents Can Support Learning

Parents form a vital role in helping students understand the Art world around them. Visits to art galleries, museums and exhibitions are an excellent way to encourage a love of and engage with the vast Art and Crafts world out there. You can also support by:

  • taking an interest in your child’s Art work and ensuring that they are spending an appropriate amount of time on it.
  • encouraging your child to visit exhibitions, galleries, museums, watch programmes on TV etc
  • encouraging any form of art work for pleasure (drawing, painting, photography, textiles)
  • providing Art materials at home for them to use and explore.
  • during exam season, talking to them about their work and how it is progressing. Keep an eye out for programmes on the TV that may help inspire new ideas.
  • Art kits can be purchased at the start of the academic year from the Visual Arts Department (KS3 £2.50 and KS4 £10.00)
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