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St Patrick’s College, Maghera

Coláiste Naomh Pádraig, Machaire Rátha

Academic ExcellenceProud GAA traditionStrong Catholic EthosMusic, Drama and Performing Arts


Department Members


Mr M. Donnelly - Head of Department

Mr P. O'Connor

Miss K O'Neill


Art and Design offers our students creative opportunities to develop real life skills through observational drawing, painting, ceramics, 2D/3D design, printing, ICT and photography. They use personal portfolios, the internet, digital cameras, and ICT to research and develop ideas. By teaching specific topics and skills through a range of specially selected units of work, we believe that our pupils are better prepared for the world of work.

Each activity and skill helps to develop visual awareness, confidence, and creativity. They ensure that progression and life-long learning are taking place. Work produced is assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and oral and written feedback for improvement is constantly given.

Throughout their learning, all pupils are expected to improve on their basic skills of numeracy and literacy. They do this by engaging in exercises built into their practical work such as analysis, evaluation and through the annotation of ideas as personal projects develop. They draw/design diagrams and make plans for future work.

Increasingly we encourage our pupils to think about how they are learning: We want them to problem solve, to seek solutions in innovative ways and to be creative. After all the creative industry is becoming one of the fastest growing parts of the UK economy!

Specially designed booklets for each year group at KS3 level containing units of work, clearly laid out - gradually develop and improve our pupils’ abilities to investigate experiment and produce satisfying creative outcomes. The booklets enable pupils to check the ‘Big Picture’ of activities and it gives them more information on each topic being studied. Each Year group has their own booklets at K      S3 level and pupils doing formal examinations can use the CCEA microsite web pages to research content and work expected for assessment at the end of the courses.

At KS4 and KS5 our pupils are confident enough to express their own personal ideas to higher levels: Pupils are entered for examination at this stage through CCEA doing GCSE Art and Design and AS and A2 Art and Design. Our department expects pupils to achieve 100% grades A*- C at each level.

Some of our creative pupils choose to do Moving Image Art. In this subject; they engage more with the moving image. They place emphasis on analysis of Film as a genre and are expected to make short films and do analysis of specific films to improve their skills and visual awareness. Just like Art and Design, they are able to explore new ways of seeing and representing their world. They can use their imaginations to create wonderfully unique outcomes and present work for examination which will facilitate entry to a broad range of third level institutions leading to a great variety of potential future careers.