Faculty of Art and Design

Learning to be Extraordinary


Our faculty offers excellent provision for Art and Design, along with Photography as a disciple within the Art, Craft and Design specification.  We endeavour to support young people in accomplishing the highest standards in their creative education. In August 2016, 64% of our GCSE Art and Design students achieved grades A*- C. This year our results are currently showing a significant improvement with 87% A* – C, this is above national average (pending annual external moderation). Our A Level Art, Design and Craft predicted grades are currently showing results at ALPS 3, which match the August 2016 results. Our A Level Photography predicted grades are currently showing results at ALPS 3, which is a signification improvement from August 2016 ALPS 7 (pending annual external moderation).

WHY TAKE Art & Design?

Art and Design not only teaches you creative and visual skills; it develops your independence, your communication skills, personal organisation, team working skills and cultural understanding. Art teaches us about ourselves, others and the world around us; it teaches us about history, how society has developed and how we can make the world a more interesting place.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Degas

During your art education at CSIA we will help you develop your research, analytical, practical and visual communications skills. We help you to find your own creativity while learning advanced techniques and artistic processes and also support you in creating your portfolio for higher education.


Camborne Science and International Academy recognises the importance of creativity in education, employment and industry.  Because of this, our Key Stage 3 programme is compulsory for all Year 7 and Year 8 students and plays a vital part in the curriculum. We have developed our Schemes of Learning for the new academic year, allowing all students the opportunity to follow the GCSE artistic process while developing their skills. All year groups will learn how to observe, record, experiment with and present their own ideas based around the project themes for the year group. Year 7 will explore Natural Objects through a range of drawing and other practical techniques, Year 8 will use their imaginations to focus on Transformations through print-making or illustration.


At Key Stage 4 students will learn more about visual communication through studying the coursework themes of Typography, Multi-cultural Art and Surfaces – developing artwork for their GCSE portfolios on a more personalised basis. Students will learn in more depth how to record their ideas skillfully, thoroughly analyse other artists’ work, explore their own ideas creatively through different media, refine their own art practice and create final pieces. This work will then be presented in their portfolio, worth 60% of their GCSE grade.   After returning from the Winter break in Year 11, students will be issued with their exam paper. They will be given a choice of themes to study and guided through the preparation of research, recording and experimenting with their ideas in relation to the theme chosen. They will then sit their GCSE practical exam in the Spring or Summer semester, when they will create their final piece. This work will then be presented in their portfolio, worth 40% of their GCSE grade.


CSIA VI Form offers a transition from Key Stage 4 Art and Design to advanced skills courses in both unendorsed art disciplines and a more specialised course (see both courses). The courses offered allow students the chance to learn technical skills and processes through a range of workshops before starting their coursework unit worth 60% of their A Level grade. The exam unit is worth 40% of their A Level grade. The exam paper is given out in February of the qualifying year, students are then guided through the preparatory work in the same way they are at GCSE. The practical exam is sat in the Spring or Summer semester, consisting of the creation of a final piece for exhibition. A Level Art, Design and Craft – This course is an unendorsed qualification where students can work in a number of disciplines, including drawing, painting, print-making, textiles, photography and three—dimensional work such as ceramics or prop making. Students will be introduced to a range of working practices through workshops and the project theme of The Visual World in two or three semesters. Students can chose to specialise in two or more disciplines, depending on their artist strengths, for their coursework and exam units. A Level Photography – This course specialises in Photography as its main discipline. However, as the course is an Art and Design specialism other mediums and mixed-media processes are activity encouraged. Former students have used projection, moving image, sound, light instillations, textiles and other elements within their photographic work. Students will be introduced to a range of working practices through workshops of both digital and film photography, learning how to communicate visually through lens based media. Students can choose to specialise in different genres and processes of photography through their coursework and exam units.


Our Computing provision goes far beyond the classroom. We offer a wide range of engaging enrichment opportunities at our Nexus site. Our activities for 2016/17 include; Lego Mindstorm Robotics, BBC Micro:Bit Programming & UNITY Games Design. These enrichment activities are open to all students and are a collaborative offering from CSIA staff as well as industry experts including Professor Colton from Falmouth University.


Our courses will prepare students for creative university courses as well as equipping them with many transferable skills. Below are examples of creative career opportunities;

  • Photographer
  • Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Product designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Architect
  • Interior or spatial designer
  • Urban and landscape designer
  • Media or web designer
  • Colourist
  • Film and video editor
  • Fashion designer or tailor
  • Surface pattern design
  • Art director or gallery owner
  • Animator
  • Games designer
  • Art historian or art critic
  • Set designer or prop maker
  • Tattoo artist, florist, personal stylist and many more!

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