Careers related learning in art, craft and design

Curriculum links

When planning your art and design curriculum for Key Stages 3, 4 or 5 it is important to explore each of the five areas outlined in the National Curriculum programme of study to incorporate effective and age appropriate careers information, advice and guidance. Experience of real settings is desirable at Key Stage 3 but becomes a compulsory element for many courses at Key Stages 4 and 5. At all stages the curriculum should:

  • Develop young people’s awareness of the Importance of the subject in relation to our nation’s developing creative industries.
  • Ensure they develop the understanding framed by the four Key Concepts and that they recognise the relevance of these to their future careers.
  • Help them learn about the Key Processes and how they relate to differing careers in art, craft and design.
  • Provide an appropriate breadth of Range and Content to ensure that their experiences reflect the diversity of art, craft and design in contemporary society.
  • Offer a flexible framework of Curriculum Opportunities so your pupils can experience a variety of creative careers and professional environments.

Looking across the curriculum

It is essential to incorporate cross curriculum elements such as the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and the curriculum Dimensions into your art and design curriculum. PLTS are key to preparing young people for their future careers.

Click here to find out more about the PLTS

Click here to find out more about the Dimensions

Click here to find out more about the six principles


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