Junk Kouture sponsored by Bank of Ireland



Mrs E. McKeown              Head of Department.

Mrs D. Clarke                     Art & Design Teacher

Mr J. Mullan                       Art & Design Technician


KS 3 Art & Design

The Art and Design Department offers junior students the opportunity to work with ceramics, textiles, graphics, ICT, photography, printing and a range of media within the Fine Art and Design disciplines.


  • To stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in art, craft and design.
  • To enable students to perceive art as a major cultural feature and part of the wider body of knowledge and skills that will allow each student to work both independently and co-operatively.
  • To develop an awareness of the implications of Art (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.
  • To encourage an interest in the significance of Art and to value it as an important, pleasurable and fundamental realm of human experience.
  • To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities and dispositions as highlighted in the new curriculum: personal responsibility, concern for others, commitment, determination, resourcefulness, openness to new ideas, self-belief, optimism, pragmatism, curiosity, community, flexibility, tolerance, integrity, moral courage, respect.

KS4 Art & Design

Our GCSE Art and Design course develops students’ understanding of how meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language. Students learn how to use different media and technologies to realise their intentions. They develop their understanding of the creative and cultural industries, and refine their work through experimentation.

By studying this revised specification, students become critical thinkers with enquiring minds and increase their confidence in taking artistic risks. The course features a renewed focus on drawing, emphasising that it is an essential part of the creative process in all art, craft and design disciplines.

As well as exploring many artistic skills and processes, students develop their knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The broad and flexible content gives students the freedom to pursue a range of creative pathways.

A Level Art & Design

At AS and A2 Level pupils follow the CCEA Art & Design course which is a combination of practical portfolio work, practical examination and final examination.

The creative industries are the fastest growing area of the economy and are vital to economic success. Studying art, craft and design creates a pathway to a career in a creative industries-related field.

GCE Art and Design requires students to develop key transferable skills such as creativity, innovation, higher level thinking skills and problem solving. It encourages students to find alternative approaches and take risks in their work. It also develops in-depth knowledge of art and design through research and practical activities, intellectual capabilities and independent approaches to learning.


Recent Achievements:

Beth McDaniel – All-Island finalist at the Junk Kouture Design Competition 2017


Aoife Marie Todd – Carson Bursary Winner 2017

Max Sproul – Carson Prize Winner 2017