Creative Art, Design and Media Faculty

The Creative Art, Design and Media Faculty at St. Mary’s College aims to nurture creativity and develop pupils’ problem-solving ability. We aim to encourage innovation and develop pupil’s skills in all areas of art, design, technology and media through a range of projects and pathways. These projects build up skills and experiences to enable pupils to later direct their own learning in final major projects. We have successful results in all key stages and strive to develop our projects and courses to support knowledge and understanding of the creative industries and the world that surrounds us.

The Faculty comprises two 3D Design studios, a multi-functional workshop including jewellery area and a state-of-the-art open plan area for graphics, fine art, fashion, textiles and print-making. There is a large kitchen and teaching space for Food Technology, three Media studies suites and an additional Mac suite. We work with a range of materials, techniques and technology and have excellent facilities for producing high quality work. CAD CAM facilities include 3D Printing, 3D scanning, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling and Embroidery. We have the Adobe Creative Suite which is used in film making, editing, audio production, photography, digital imaging and promotion/ advertising. Other software includes 2D Design, Sketch-up and Fusion 360. The faculty is continuously working to develop both the facilities and expertise in these areas, ensuring the learning keeps pace with the ever-evolving world of technology. 

Faculty Staff:

Mrs. R. Postill – Head of Faculty. Teacher of Design & Technology, Photography, Food and Nutrition.
Ms. C. Vitoria – Head of Media.
Mrs. O. Reading – Second in Faculty. Teacher of Art & Design and Graphics.
Mr. S. Cook – KS3 Art Co-ordinator, Teacher of Art & Design
Miss. V. Young – KS3 D&T Co-ordinator Teacher of Art & Design, Textiles and Food (Literacy link).
Mr. T. Derrick – Teacher of Creative Media Production.
Miss. G. Green – Teacher of Art & Design and Design & Technology
Mr. M. Johns – Teacher of Creative Media Production
Mrs. M. Wilson –Teacher of Art & Design and Fashion & Textiles (Numeracy link).
Mr. N. Brownlie – Instructor and Media Technician for ‘Creative Media Production’.
Mr. P. Coleman – Teacher of Design & Technology and Art & Design (SD).
Mr. D. Anderson – Creative Arts Instructor and Technician.
Mrs. J. Rudd – Teaching Assistant and HLTA in Food and Nutrition



Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. They have one hour per week in Design and will all have experience of Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles by the end of year 8, as well as a good knowledge of basic design processes and graphic design. All pupils will also study Art for one hour a week which will study areas such as portraiture, Cubism, Surrealism and self- expression.

Key Stage 4
Students in year 9 to 11 follow courses in their chosen option. These courses are currently:
GCSE Design & Technology (AQA specification).
BTEC Level 2 Award in Art and Design. These courses enable students to experience a range of areas of Art & Design and later specialise in an area such as Fine Art, Graphics, Print or Textiles.
BTEC Level 2 Award in Creative Media Production.
V Cert Level 2 Technical Award in Food and Cookery (NCFE).

All BTEC courses are assessed through project-based coursework and an exam. They are practical courses which will form a good basis for pursuing a career in the Art & Design and Media sectors. Students will have the opportunity to work on live briefs with external agencies and professionals, providing a strong platform for progression and a strong insight into the creative industries. Students will be expected to complete one externally assessed unit of work towards the end of their course.

Post-16 courses available are:

BTEC National Subsidary Diploma in Art and Design (equivalent to 1 A-level).
BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (equivalent to 2 A-levels).         
BTEC National Subsidary Diploma in Creative Media Production (equivalent to 1 A-level).
BTEC National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (equivalent to 3 A-levels).

A-Level Art & Design
A-level Media
A-Level Photography
A-Level Film Studies.

OCR Level 2 Technical award (extended Certificate) in Art & Design


Exhibition & Enrichment

An annual exhibition of all exam work is displayed and celebrated at the end of the academic year. A preview evening is open to staff, students, parents and academy directors. Dates will be posted nearer the time.

Enrichment is important to us and we promote a range of enrichment activities annually. We have been lucky enough to gain sponsorship from Greenpower / Project Blyth to gain funding for a kit car. This STEM (science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project, has given Year 8 students the opportunity to build a car to be raced in a regional event. The 2018 team ‘Super Mary’O’s’ have done us proud and have had presentations from professionals in STEM based careers to promote careers and progression in this sector.. with some offers of work experience!

Year 8 annually participate in a Teamwork Challenge day to develop skills and attributes of problem solving, teamwork, communication and creativity. The Creative Arts challenges for 2018 included production of a banner for the Kit Car team, running a merchandise store; creating bespoke items for sale, a baking challenge; producing food for sale, and building a huge transforming robot from cardboard.

Each year students participate in the Young Artists exhibition at Central Library in Hull. With representatives from all age groups, this is another opportunity for students to showcase their talents to a wider audience. We have a strong track record for winners and highly commended entries


Industry Links

We regularly have visiting professionals coming into St Mary’s College to discuss their practice with students. This has included professional chef, Joe Hurd from the ‘Saturday Kitchen’ show doing a culinary workshop with year 9 pupils.
Multiple creative practitioners regularly visit to share their creative processes and portfolios with students in Key Stage 5. This contributes to their personal and professional development Post 18.
Some of the design projects which pupils undertake have an industrial link. This enables pupils to gain support, advice and opinions of professionals. The links include jewellery designers, journalists, architects, graphic designers, engineers, printers and photographers. Other industrial links provide support and resources to enhance pupils’ work.
Students have produced products for the local churches, academy primary schools and local nurseries. Media students have the opportunity to work on a live TV studio project and work with professionals and clients throughout their course.
Trips include an annual London trip to visit the New Designer exhibition, Tate Modern and the Saatchi gallery. Sixth form students have the opportunity to go on the New York trip in January each year where they can visit iconic architectural buildings and places of interest, as well as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan. Students use these experiences to enhance knowledge and gather vital primary research for their project work.


We are open for students to come and work and complete practical activities three evenings and three lunchtimes per week and students have on-hand support from their teachers. Miss Young also leads a weekly props club for the annual school productions.