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Do you want to become a Graphic Designer, Architect, Artist, Photographer, Ceramicist, Website Designer, Animator, Prop Designer, Sculptor or Fashion Designer?

Bede’s pupils often to go on to study and excel professionally in these areas. We believe that each pupil has the potential to produce visually striking personal work that goes beyond his or her own expectations.

As a GCSE Art pupil at Bede's, you will have access to our facilities including Fine Art Studios, a Graphics suite, 180-year-old Victorian Columbian Printing Press, two Ceramics studios and two darkrooms.

We believe that the study of art, when done well, is one of the most challenging and rewarding disciplines and offers opportunities for progression into a wide range of careers.

Pupils can choose between three separate GCSE's including Art, Photography and Ceramics. Each year approximately 200 pupils take these subjects and Bede's pupils have consistently achieved the highest grades and produced top-quality work, often going beyond GCSE level.

In 2018, 94% of candidates achieved an A*-A (Value Added 2.5) in Art GCSE, and over the past 10 years Bede's pupils have been consistently successful with 98% achieving A*-B.

Pupils who take Art GCSE can expect to develop skills in drawing, painting, graphic design and photography. Drawing is a key part of the GCSE course, but pupils approach image making from a variety of approaches – often unleashing a creativity they didn’t realise they possessed. Pupils will explore the formal elements that are essential to creating any visual image, whether it is drawn, painted, photographed or created digitally.

In addition to learning a variety of skills and contextual knowledge, we place emphasis on each pupil creating individual work and developing their own creative ideas.

After the GCSE, many pupils go on to take Art, Graphic Communication, Ceramics or Photography at A level. Each year, a number of Bede's pupils progress to Art Foundation courses and Degrees in Fine Art, Film, Sculpture, Photography, Animation, Fashion and Graphic design.

Our Graphic Communication and Fine Art painters have achieved 100% A* to B over the past 5 years and gone on to study art-based subjects at some of the top universities.

Our Art A Level builds on the skills that pupils learn at GCSE. After an initial skill-based course in the first term, pupils specialise in either Graphic Communication or Fine Art Painting. Our annual Bede’s Art Department A Level Exhibition is an evening that pupils and staff look forward to each year. The event is a true celebration of the wonderful work that our talented pupils produce as a result of the many hours of hard work, commitment, creativity and inspiration over their two-year journey.

At Bede’s, pupils inspire pupils at all stages of their time in the Art department. First Years see the wonderful work of our GCSE Pupils, who in turn see the excellent work of our A Level pupils, and each year a number of successful Bede’s Alumni visit to tell their story and inspire the next generation of creatives.

I expect our current cohort will be returning to Bede’s in the future to tell of their success. In 2018, 13 out of 53 Upper Sixth pupils are going on to study the Arts at some of the top universities including Goldsmiths, Falmouth and Leeds (10 pupils are going into direct degree courses, bypassing the traditional Art Foundation). The variety of courses studied at higher level reflect the broad range of arts careers available in our modern visual age. This year, we are sending several pupils to study each of the following – Architecture, Graphic Design, Art Foundation, Computer Animation and Photography.

Each year, Bede’s Pupils produce work that is breath taking, from award-winning Ceramics and industry-standard Photography, to the incredible illustration skills of our talented artists.

To have a knowledge and passion for Art can lead to exciting careers, a deeper understanding of culture and a way of seeing beauty in life that others may ignore.

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Jonathan Turner
We believe art, when done well, is one of the most important, challenging and rewarding disciplines.

Jonathan Turner, Head of Art and Design and Deis House Tutor

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We believe art, when done well, is one of the most important, challenging and rewarding disciplines.

Jonathan Turner, Head of Art and Design and Deis House Tutor

I am passionate about Art and Design and believe it can develop creativity and critical thinking whilst also instilling confidence in ones own abilities and aspirations.

Sarah Harris, Teacher of Art and Charleston House Tutor

I relish the opportunity to enable young people to think creatively - not just about art but about how they live their lives.

Carol Parris, Teacher of Art and Knights House Tutor

I believe wholeheartedly that art can transform the lives of individual students and it is most rewarding to be a part of this process.

Rachael Walpole, Teacher of Art and Charleston House Tutor