Art & Technology


In Design & Technology, students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. They learn to think creatively and solve problems as individuals and as members of a team. Through design and technology, pupils develop confidence in using practical skills, apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Our aim at BBEC is to provide opportunities for pupils to enjoy turning ideas into reality and strive for successful outcomes whilst experiencing a range of different material areas.

‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.’ James Dyson



During Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to a wide range of materials, designing and making skills and evaluation techniques. Pupils get an opportunity to study Art as well as all 3 areas of Design & Technology in Year 7 ,8 and 9; they complete projects in Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food on a carousel system.

Art & Design:

Art Pupils will have the opportunity to study the work of artists and explore how they have an impacted on their own artistic outcomes. They will learn how to annotate and evaluate their work using subject specific vocabulary and show an understanding of their own artistic journey. Pupils will develop and refine their drawing skills and experiment with a wide range of wet and dry media.

Textiles Pupils experience a range of hand tools and equipment through a variety of design and make tasks including a monster softie, a cushion and a case. They will learn hand techniques such as hand embroidery, applique, batik and tie-dye as well as becoming confident on the sewing machine and using computer aided design to create their own sublimation printed fabric.

Resistant Materials: Pupils will work in a variety of different materials including wood, plastic and cardboard to create products such as toys, storage and clocks. They will become confident using a range of different hand tools, gain experience with key machinery and techniques and also get the opportunity to use sophisticated equipment like the laser cutter.

Food & Nutrition: Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of nutrition alongside the development of key practical cookery skills. They will learn how to cook safely and hygienically in the kitchen, They will develop their skills through cooking a variety of savoury dishes and healthy desserts as well as exploring foods and traditions from different countries and cultures around the world.


During Key Stage 4 students can opt to continue their education in Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, Food or 3D Design to GCSE level. In all subjects, pupils will complete a number of skill building practical projects throughout the beginning of Yr10 in order to fully prepare them for Controlled Assessment, which they will begin later in Year 10.

Fine Art – Unit 1: Portfolio of work (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Externally set task (Year 11)

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will explore the working styles of artists and use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Photography – Unit 1: Portfolio of work (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Externally set task (Year 11)

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes – both traditional and new technologies. They will explore different photographic theories and respond to these examples through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Food & Nutrition – Unit 1: Controlled Assessment (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Examination (Year 11)

The course will continue to encourage pupils to cook, enable them to make informed decisions and develop vital life skills that will enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. They will cook a variety of dishes, develop and test recipes and learn about a range of subjects related to food and nutrition.

3D Design – Unit 1: Portfolio of work (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Externally set task (Year 11)

Students will be able to choose their area of interest from a range of material areas including wood, metal and plastic. Briefs cover a variety of areas within 3D design for example Architectural Design, Product Design, Furniture & Lighting

Art Textiles – Unit 1: Portfolio of work (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Externally set task (Year 11)

Students can work within a variety of areas of Textile Design, such as: Art Textiles, Fashion Design & Illustration, Costume Design, Constructed Textiles, Surface Pattern, Stitched or Embellished Textiles and Digital Textiles.

GCSE Design & Technology is an excellent foundation for pupils who are interested in any of the following fields: Fashion, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Teaching, Engineering, Catering and many more.


Art, Design & Technology students will get the opportunity to take part in a number of trips and extracurricular activities.

The BBEC Design Academy is a weekly club providing a creative outlet for students who enjoy to design and make. Students will get to complete a variety of projects utilizing a range of different skills and materials, such as sock monkeys, greetings cards and key-rings (to name but a few!)

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in live briefs and community projects.

Students have enjoyed department visits to a range of places including The Ministry of Food, The Clothes Show Live, The Knitting & Stitching Show and The BBC Good Food Show. Textiles students have also attended workshops and fashion shows at the Bradford School of Art and recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop in school run by visiting Artist Nikki Parmenter. Art and Photography students have participated gallery visits and places of interest to support their personal responses to art briefs, as well as working with local artists.


  • Ms Z Asghar – Associate Assistant Headteacher. Art, Music, Performing Arts and Technology
  • Mrs G Hibbard – 2nd I/C Design and Technology
  • Ms S Hirst – Head of Art
  • Mrs R Ford – Teacher of Art and Photography. Art & Design Academy Leader
  • Ms M Clarke – Art Teacher
  • Mrs S Kirby – Textiles Teacher
  • Mrs M Elliot – Food & Nutrition Teacher
  • Mr A Gregory – Resistant Materials Teacher
  • Mrs S Mellor – Food and Textiles Technician


Ms Z Asghar

Associate Assistant Headteacher in charge of Art, Music, Performing Arts and Technology