Art & Photography

Art and Photography provides students with the skills to communicate using a visual language. The Art team are committed to the development of creativity, imagination and equip students with the confidence to explore a wide range of materials and practices so they can reflect thoughts and ideas intuitively and creatively.



Art & Photography News

Annual Art and Photography exhibition

Wow what an evening! Hove Park's annual Art and Photography exhibition was a huge success and a testament to our hard-working students and staff. Well done to you all and thank you to our local community for joining us on such a lovely evening. ..

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Cass Foundation Sculpture park and Pallent House Art Gallery

Hove park photography department took A level and GCSE photography students to Cass Foundation Sculpture park and Pallent House Art Gallery. Students wondered around the grounds of a beautiful wooded area and photographed an incredible diverse range of sculptures. Students ex ..

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KS3 Art, Craft and Design

At Key Stage 3 pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings.

They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. They learn to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning.

They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently and develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Curriculum aims

Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials techniques and processes. Record ideas, observations and insights in visual and other forms. Present personal, informed and meaningful responses. 

The history of art and photography is filled with brilliant and diverse examples of imagery. In addition to drawing creating likeness and making, it has been used to communicate, arrange disorder, create codes, create illusions, document things and events, illustrating ideas and narratives, entertain, indulge in fantasy, propagandize, redefine reality, redefine art itself, and provide a means of personal expression.

GCSE art and Photography are aimed at students who enjoy communicating and expressing ideas and feelings creatively. The course actively encourages students to be creative through self-expression, use of the imagination, conceptual thinking, analysing the work of other artists and developing practical skills. Success in the subject is underpinned by the ability to record well from observation and to be able to maintain sustained study both at school and at home. Students are taught to plan their own projects in response to a theme and work to produce unique and exciting art work.

Students will learn how to:

  • Show an individual approach to communicating, comparing and illustrating
  • Carry out purposeful analysis and application of materials, techniques and processes
  • Create solutions in response to briefs and scenarios
  • Communicate intended meaning using the language of art and design
  • Enrichment art and photography are offered to students who want to extend and build on their creative skills, continue to have a creative outlet on their timetable, specialise in a practical skill and enrich their education.

Trips and extra curricular

We are actively involved in the Photo Fringe Festival and Photo Biannual. We collaborate with Brighton university and equip students with the skills and opportunities to work with undergraduates. We run art and photography trips every year to a wide range of places. This year we have had excursions to Kew gardens, the Tate Modern, Sattchi Gallery, Amsterdam and the Clothes Show.

Regular Art Clubs run on both campuses and offer students the opportunity to continue working on their projects or to work on something different and new. At key stage 3 we offer craft clubs for all year groups, art theory at lunch times and early Bird GCSE for keen year 9 students who want to continue with art at GCSE. At Ks4 we have an open door policy for art and photography so students can catch up at lunch times and after school most days. We also run additional targeted session to provide intervention, Aiming for A, Target Booster, and workshops.