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Studio School
A creative hub for all gifted and talented 14 – 19 year olds across Kirklees

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Art & Design (Graphic Design, Fashion, Photography, Fine Art, Printed Textiles)

“The Art & Design carousel allows students to gain knowledge about the whole spectrum of Art & Design"

New Specification for 2016

The BTEC level 3 Art & Design course is unique and will allow you to experiment in different disciplines of Art & Design to give you a broad range of experiences and challenges. The course is split in to two sections.

Art & Design - Extended Certificate and Extended National Diploma

Section 1 (Year 1): Students will complete a carousel around Graphic Design, Fashion, Photography, Fine Art & Printed Textiles. Within these areas students will build up a portfolio of work for mandatory and optional units. Alongside the carousel, students will develop their analytical and contextual understanding in preparation for an external-set task at the end of Year 1.

Section 2 (Year 2): Students will choose which area they want to specialise in within the Art & Design disciplines:

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles/Printing
  • Fine Art

Each unit of work from this point will culminate in a final major project that will be exhibited at the end of year 2. There is an external set unit that will be marked by the exam board.

Throughout the two years students will also learn about historical and contemporary artists and movements that will lead to a unit of work entitled ‘Contextual Influences in Art and Design’. This unit of work is crucial for students to understand different Art movements and how to structure essays on a chosen subject.

The course is designed for young people to experiment, gain confidence, flourish, excel and be ready for the next phase whether it be University, work placements or apprenticeships.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C grades with English and Maths. As of 2017, this will include at least a grade 4 (old Grade Cs) in English Language OR Literature as well as Maths. A grade ‘C’ in a GCSE Art-based/creative subject, or level 2 equivalent, would be advantageous for showing your ability to cope with the Level 3 study specialism. Upon gaining an interview for the Art & Design course you must bring with you a Portfolio of work.


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enables students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject

The Art department’s core resources are:

  • large format banner printer
  • UV printer for phone cases and other plastics
  • Laser cutter/engraver
  • Vinyl plotter
  • The latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud software
  • Industry standard Nikon and Canon cameras
  • A range of lenses
  • Studio lights, reflectors and screens
  • Industry standard sewing machines and overlockers
  • 4 colour process screen printing rig
  • A laser cutter/engraver
  • Heat presses & dye sublimation infrastructure
  • Silk Screen Printing equipment
  • Printing press

Trips & Enrichment

Learners will be benefit from a wide range of trips and enrichment. Some units of work will need students to source primary images so trips to museums and galleries are prominent throughout the two years. Previous trips have included:

  • London (Tate Modern, V&A, Portrait gallery)
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • University and College visits


Art & Design will introduce you to businesses. Syngenta is a regular client for our students and sometimes the work is even paid! Students are expected to deliver work in the same way required by industry.

  • Working closely with our on-site, visiting businesses to tap into the constant insights of a creative - the ability to see first-hand the realities of the job?
  • You will be able to attend the annual ‘Design Yourself’ event in Manchester where you can experience the offers and pathways available for life after the Studio School at post 18/19 – this is a really valuable event which our Art & Design students really benefit from.
  • Links with practising Photographers who often drop into sessions to provide insightful feedback and advice on your skills for the real world of Photography


Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and fashion spaces, you’re Learning Coach will assess you in the following ways:

  • Creation of a portfolio of work including sketchbook work
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Observations of how you design, and complete, your own adaptations to garments
  • Practical assessments including pattern cuttings, mood board designs, and creation of fashion items and garments from design to the end result

Assessment is broken down to three sections:

  • Externally-assessed units
  • Internally-assessed units
  • Synoptic assessment

Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.

Outstanding Results!

  • 100% pass rate achieved by all students completing their programme of study.
  • 36% achieving Distinction and Distinction* grades.
  • 80% achieving at least merit grades

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


I feel really privileged to be doing something I love with people that share the same passion. At the Studio School we inspire young artist's minds and support their creativity.

Wendy Taylor

Fine Art Coach

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make otherssee; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Wonder if. Think 'why not?' Explore how. Learn from craft professionals. Apply Knowledge. Make it happen. Enjoy success.

Sally Broadbent

Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

Music is a gateway to other cultures and traditions. Through it we explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music."

Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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T: 01484 382140

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,

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