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Art & Design Technology

Creativity is a real strength at Duke of Kent School and the Art and Design Department plays an integral role in nurturing and developing the creativity of our pupils. The Art and Design Department is well resourced with a fully equipped Art Studio and Design Technology Workshop. The department has its own technician, dedicated Mac suite, DSLR cameras, a photographic studio area, a laser cutter, a CAD suite and a ceramics kiln. 


Our award winning Art Department reflects the depth and breadth of the contemporary art world. In our well equipped, multi purpose Art Studio, students cover a range of practical skills and have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of media, from drawing, printmaking and painting, to ceramics, fabric and photography. Through their work, students explore art and artefacts from different times and cultures and develop an understanding of the function of art in wider society. This way of working offers a unique opportunity for developing spiritual, moral and social understanding through art.

We challenge students to excel in areas of the subject they feel most confident in and support them in tackling areas that they find more complex. Key to our success, particularly at GCSE level, is our focus on developing student’s understanding of the broader creative process. Students are able to see their work developing and changing as they progress on a journey through sustained, long term projects rather than the production of discrete artefacts. As students progress through the School, their responses become increasingly individual, offering numerous opportunities for self expression and student-led exploration.

Our extracurricular projects include an annual Artist in Residence Scheme, through which we have hosted artists as diverse as humanitarian photographer Giles Duley, architects from Heatherwick Studios, collaborative artists Oli&Suzie, and portrait painter Maureen Domoney. After school clubs in areas such as photography, digital media, printmaking and GCSE portfolio work, support the curriculum and offer opportunity for those who wish to further their studies independently. A lively programme of educational visits and arts based explorations outside the Art Studio, complement a dynamic and responsive curriculum.

In the words of one student on entering the Art Studio; ‘It’s great in here, you never know what's going to happen!’

Mr M Watson - Head of Art

Design Technology

Design Technology at Duke of Kent School brings together up-to-date technologies, used to solve contemporary design problems, and traditional processes, techniques and materials: this combination is reflected in our curriculum. The Design and Technology Department plays an important role in school life, encouraging and developing creativity, knowledge, skills and understanding of a variety and breadth of materials, processes and design practices and approaches.

We present designing as an intelligent activity and follow a project based approach, focusing on the ‘design journey’ from developing a brief, researching ideas to producing creative and innovative final products. This helps students to learn practical skills that are relevant to future life; we feel it is important that students gain an understanding of how the world around us works and the skill to develop and change that world. This encouragement of innovation and creative problem solving leads to a great deal of independent learning, especially higher up the school where students are given more ownership over the direction their work takes, responding to ideas, interests and concerns relevant to their own lives.

As well as developing these innovative design skills, students are also given the opportunity to develop a practical, ‘hands on’ understanding of materials including projects based within woodwork, plastics, electronics and graphics through the use of our dedicated DT workshop. Here students receive supervised access to a wide range of equipment including pillar drills, scroll saws, soldering irons and a range of hand tools, as well as our laser cutter, 3D printer, dye sublimation printer,

This innovative curriculum is supported and complemented by a vibrant extra curricular programme of activities, clubs, trips and out of school events including London’s Design Museum and SATRO Construction.

 Mr M Usher - Head of Design Technology