Art & Design

Curriculum Intent

At The Eastbourne Academy, the art and design curriculum embodies our values of curiosity, ambition, respect, and engagement through disciplines like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. The curriculum's intent is to produce confident, independent, and expressive individuals with a passion for learning. Our art and design education plays a vital role in guiding students how to create personal expressions about the world around us.

Through our art curriculum, our students develop their ability to experiment, invent, and create their own works while learning critical thinking, subject terminology and historical context. They also gain cultural capital by exploring great artists, craft makers, and designers, contributing to their understanding of the wealth and creativity of our nation. Our high-quality art curriculum builds students' ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel across 2D, 3D and digital media. Our curriculum engages and inspires them to explore their ideas, record their experiences, and become proficient in a wide array of artistic disciplines.

Curriculum Information



Alongside traditional art equipment, our rooms are equipped for lino printing, mono printing, acrylic painting, and 3D sculpture. At Key Stage 3 students will study a range of themes including Portraiture, Op Art, Sculpture, Graffiti Art, and Printing. Within these themes, they will explore the formal elements of line, tone, color, pattern, texture, shape, form, and space.

KS4 - AQA - Art, Craft, and Design

At Key Stage 4 students are currently following the AQA Art, Craft, and Design GCSE. This GCSE consists of Unit 1 which is a 60% controlled assessment that is completed in the classroom and is assessed against 4 assessment objectives. In January of year 11, our students start Unit 2 where the students prepare a project set by AQA, completed in a 10-hour practical assessment at the end of the course. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various trips and workshops to aid their studies throughout Key Stage 4.


KS4 students can attend catch-up clubs at lunchtime supported by their teacher. Our students undertake an annual trip to the Berwick Church. Students have been on trips to the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern.