Newtownhamilton High School 
Every Child An Important Child 
Newtownhamilton High School 
Every Child An Important Child 
Art & Design 

Art & Design at Newtownhamilton High School 

 Vision and Aims 

The Art & Design Department aims to provide a rich and varied Art & Design educational experience for all our pupils based on the aims of the NI curriculum. To enrich each pupil’s sensory, artistic and creative awareness. To develop skills of observation, imagination, independent thought and evaluation. To make pupils aware of the relationship between their own work and that of artists, designers and craft workers of our own and other cultures. To stimulate curiosity about the world around them. 


The Art and Design department consists of one large art room, an art store, a ceramic suite with kiln room. We have all the latest equipment and facilities for you to have an excellent learning experience and fun time in our department. 
Key Stage 3 
All Year 8 – 10 pupils experience a triple period of Art & Design per week. Throughout the 3 years of study pupils are encouraged to research, gather and interpret information from a variety of sources. They will develop an appreciation of other artists, designers and crafts people. 
They will experience a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, graphic media, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, 3 dimensional work, lens based & digital media and ICT in Art and Design.  
Pupils who choose to study Art & Design at GCSE level follow the NI CCEA Specification, (a two year course) and they follow an integrated, critical, practical and theoretical study of Art & Design. They will develop an appreciation of the work of artists, designers and craft workers from a range of cultural backgrounds. They also develop their artistic practice. 
The new GCSE Art and Design specification (from September 2017) is made up of two components: 
Component 1: Part A: Exploratory Portfolio (25%) & Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries (35%) 
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%) 


Over recent years, many of our students gain A* grades in their GCSE Art & Design with a number achieving 100% as follows: 
2017 - Tamara Pollock A* with 100%. 
2019 - Chloe White A* with 100%, Amy Flanagan A* & Lucy McIlroy A*. 
2020 - Chloe Courtney A*. 
2022 - Naomi Burke A*, Erika Grant A*, Jodie Mc Gory A*. 


Every year our GCSE pupils attend the True Colours Exhibition in Belfast.  

Career Possibilities 

Art Administration 
Art Historian 
Art Teacher 
Art Therapist 
Community Arts 
Film Making 
Computer Graphics 
Crafts Person 
Graphic Designer 
Gallery Sales 
Interior Design 
Hairdresser and Beautician 
Landscape Designer 
Marketing PR 
Studio Practise 
Sales/Retail Management 
TV Presenter 
Teaching - Primary & Secondary 
Theatre Design 
Youth Worker 
Video Game Designer 
Web Designer 
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