Harrodian cultivates a caring and supportive atmosphere in which students learn to explore their own ideas and develop their artistic creativity. We aim to inspire all students to fulfil their potential, both through examination results and their broader development as artists.
You can now view the GCSE or A Level project work in our online gallery
GCSE and A Level Artwork
The approach has generated a rigorous but informal creative culture in which new ideas – ranging right across Art and Design - can thrive and flourish. Results both at GCSE and A Level are consistently good.
On average, seven A Level students choose to study creative subjects when they leave Harrodian. Destinations include London colleges such as Central Saint Martins, Kingston University and City and Guilds, and Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford Brookes, Brighton, Bournemouth and American colleges such as Parsons School of Design in New York.
Introduction to GCSE and A level
Art and Design A Level and GCSE are both two year courses which develop students’ ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way. The courses develop students as creative thinkers, fostering their ability to conceptualise and develop varied skills. Students gain a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology in one or more of the disciplines within Art and Design. They analyse and use sources to inspire their own work and use learnt skills to interpret, convey and synthesise their ideas and feelings through Art and Design.
Art and Design courses enable students to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based approaches to their studies. Our teachers come from a broad range of specialist backgrounds including painting, printmaking, graphics, photography and textiles and they encourage students to work and build skills in a multi and cross-disciplinary way.
Students have the choice to develop skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, architecture, animation, sculpture, lens-based image making, advertising, illustration, branding, information design, textiles for interiors, fine art textiles, fashion textiles, spatial design, product design, design crafts and film-based photography.
At the end of each academic year, student work is showcased and celebrated by means of an exhibition in our unique gallery space. You can view some examples here.
Component 1: a personal portfolio of internally set coursework; work undertaken through the two-year course.
Component 2: an externally set assignment. A final exam of 10 hours in duration, with a unit of preparatory work leading up to this.
Two components make up the A level course
Component 1: Personal Investigation and Personal Study (Coursework).
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Exam).
For more specific year-by-year information, please refer to our Curriculum Handbooks/Information Booklets.
Head of Art: Laura Caldecott
Other teachers of Art and Art Technicians: please select the relevant department on the dropdown menu to view our full staff list by clicking here.