As a visual arts college Brentside is expected to achieve an exceptional standard in the field of visual arts and design. Our results in public examinations last year were excellent with some students achieving amongst the highest overall scores nationally.
Students regularly complete workshops and study days at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the National Film Theatre and many other venues.
Each year a number of art and design students from Brentside go on to take up places at prestigious universities and art colleges. Many then go on to work in the world of visual arts and design at such places as film studios, advertising agencies and the BBC or are professional fine artists in their own right.
Key Stage 3
Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in a range of media areas including; drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. Students learn about artists, styles and movements including traditional European art and post modern work.
Students learn how to develop their observational skills in drawing and painting including still life and perspective. Students further their understanding of a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital. A broad range of artists from diverse cultures are introduced as students learn how to appreciate and talk about art.
Key Stage 4
In year 9 students make a choice of specialis from fine art, graphic design and photography, fashion and textiles, sculpture and general art and design. Following an induction period in the first term focusing on skills, students follow project work as a platform for GCSE coursework.
GCSE Art and Design
This course leads to a GCSE in art & design. The main focus of the course is to develop students' practical skills using a wide range of materials and techniques in drawing, painting, mixed media and 3D construction.
In Year 10, students work thematically on a variety of different ideas and media, while in Year 11, students have the opportunity to work independently on their own project. This will be planned with the support of specialist art and design teachers which allows students to sustain, experiment with and further their own creative interests, whether they are in photography, painting, textiles, graphics or 3D sculpture.
Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)
Key Stage 5
For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.
Extra Curricular Opportunities