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The Art Department is housed in the Casson Art School, named after Old Eastbournian Sir Hugh Casson, the notable architect, interior designer and artist. Staff specialise in range of disciplines including fine-art, photography, three-dimensional design and  graphic design.

Department Overview

The department enjoys exceptional facilities and strives to stimulate, encourage and sustain pupils’ interest in the enjoyment of art. Bright and spacious studio spaces enable pupils to work at an ambitious scale using an exciting range of media and processes including painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. Pupils have access to state-of-the-art ceramic and 3D studios, equipped with three large kilns, glaze room, plaster studio and outdoor sculpture area. Pupils are also provided with Adobe Creative Cloud accounts, keeping them up-to-date with industry standard software from Year 9 to A-level. 

The Year 9 follow the Bridge Curriculum designed in collaboration with St Andrew’s Prep. This specification is designed to be sequentially developmental, building on pupils’ prior knowledge, nurturing their passion for art and design and laying the groundwork for further study at GCSE and beyond. The academic year is split into three components focusing on different core disciplines including fine art, digital media and 3D Design. Projects will vary each year in response to cross-curricular themes, current affairs and relevant exhibitions. In particular we work in collaboration with Towner Eastbourne, making the most of our close proximity to an award-winning contemporary art gallery.  

The department offers GCSE and A-level ‘Art, Craft & Design’ following the Eduqas specification for both qualifications. This broad title supports individual expression and development of creative practice in any media the pupil chooses. Small class sizes allow staff to tailor the courses to pupils’ interests and strengths resulting in a diversity of outcomes. Visiting moderators have commented on the individual identity shown in presentations at both GCSE and A-level.

The department is very proud of its outstanding exam success and a legacy of leavers who have pursued creative paths, securing offers to study fine art, design, photography, architecture, textiles and fashion at their chosen universities.


"The scale and ambition of many final examples was outstanding. It was a pleasure to moderate such a diverse range of exciting and imaginative work which takes place in this centre of excellence for art and design.”   
 Visiting A-level moderator

Beyond the Classroom

The Art Department runs a large co-curricular programme to give access to our facilities and staff expertise. Pupils are encouraged to work in the department independently during any of the department opening times.

Year 9 pupils also have the chance to build large-scale ceramic pieces to display in the gardens around the College or explore ideas through photography. As part of the Gold Arts Award and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, pupils develop ideas for exhibitions with local galleries, conduct workshops with children, and explore darkroom photographic ideas. As part of the service and skills (S@S) programme, pupils have also painted murals for local schools.

We run extra sessions to prepare pupils for applying to art colleges and to ensure that they make the right choices. Every year we welcome a number of visiting speakers including university tutors and former pupils who share their experiences and help inform current pupils about the vast range of options available to them.

Gallery trips

Seeing art in the flesh is an invaluable learning experience and school trips to galleries are key to the success of our department. We are regular visitors to the Towner Gallery (a stone’s throw from the Casson Art School) with all year groups who enjoy the evolving shows. We visit south-coast galleries including the De La Warr Pavilion and Hastings Contemporary, as well as making regular trips to London to see exhibitions of major artists. 


The College also offers Arts Awards to give pupils an exciting new creative qualification. Sixth formers can follow a creative path in a number of different directions and whichever route they choose to follow, be it via art, dance, design, drama, music, photography or textiles, they are supported by an adviser and creative mentor. 

A Level