Art and Design

GHS Art Department


Head of Department    Miss A. Mulholland                           

Teacher      Mr J Carberry                                         

Teacher      Miss M. McDowell


The Art and Design Department at Glengormley High school is an extremely vibrant, and energetic department. Currently we have 3 Art teachers in our Department. Art and Design is enjoyed by all Key Stage 3 pupils, and is offered at GCSE, AS and A2. During KS3 we experiment with many different Art forms such as sculpture, painting, printing and digital media.

GCSE and Sixth form Art are supported through the development of practical skills, encouraging all pupils to reach their full potential, which is reflected by consistently high results, and successful Art College applications.


To provide every pupil with a safe and vibrant space to express themselves through the medium of Art, where everyone is given the opportunity to learn and develop new and exciting creative skills.

Course Outline

Key Stage 3

We provide a wide range of opportunities available within the subject area, which supports pupils working in 2D and 3D, fine art and design. This includes:


  • painting
  • graphic design
  • textile design
  • lens-based media
  • critical and contextual studies
  • 3D design



Key Stage 4 (GCSE)


In the portfolio the pupil will create their own project looking at different topics and creating Art with many different media’s.



Pupils will create a new project based on topics provided by the Exam board and will create a final piece within a set period of 10 hours and that they must carry out under controlled test conditions.


Key Stage 5 (GCE)

The GCE Art and Design specification is a two-year course consisting of levels: AS and A2. Pupils will begin with their AS course, creating one final year project. They will then proceed on to their next year in A2 where they will produce one personal project and one externally set project. This will include set period of 15 hours and that they must carry out under controlled test conditions.







Moving Image Arts introduces our pupils to the world of film making, where they learn how to become independent film makers, learning roles such as Actor, Script Writer, Cameraman, Lighting Engineer, Sound Engineer and Director. This course is offered at GCSE and A Level. We also introduce MIA to KS3 through mini Movie/Animation projects.


Glengormely High School’s favourite Movie quote

“The noblest Art is that of making others happy.” – PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman


Career Opportunities



















Printer maker/ Photographer/ Textiles Designer/ Production Designer/ Set designer/ Art Curator/

ceramics designer/ fine artist, Furniture Designer/Fashion Designer, Architect, Television/Theatre/

Film, Illustrator, Community Art Worker/ Art Therapist, Art restoration, Make-up Artist/

Glass Blower, Exhibition Designer, Animator/Jewellery Designer, Museum Director.


Links to

Jewellery designer

Makeup artist,


Ceramics designer,

Community arts worker,

Exhibition designer,

Fashion designer,

Fine artist.






Art Department showcases student work

The Art Department will be showing this year’s amazing GCSE and A Level work on Monday 24th June in the Hamilton Building from 2.45 – 4.00 pm. If you get a chance pop in for some tea and cake to celebrate all beautiful pieces of Art created this year. Pupils, parents and members of the community very welcome! #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

Ross Wilson returns to GHS

Ross Wilson attended Glengormley High School during the 1970s. He went on to study Fine Art at the University of Ulster and at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.  He and has often been a visiting speaker at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.

In 1997 his first public sculpture commission in bronze (The Ulster Brewer) was placed at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.  He was commissioned for the centenary C. S. Lewis Sculpture in 1998, placed in east Belfast.  His many portrait commissions have included Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney, and the playwright Arthur Miller.  His work is displayed across the world among several public and private collections.

On Monday 18th June Ross spent the day with a range of our GCSE and A Level students telling them about his life, work and advising them on their own Art. To have Ross return to the place where he states his ‘journey started’, was an absolute privilege for both the students and staff who spent the day with him.

Ross attributes the success he has had to Sheila Doris his Art teacher who recognised the talent that he had and inspired him to follow his dream.

Mrs Doris changed my life, I still remember the moment where she had a 4 minute conversation with me in a corridor and I could see exactly what I needed to do, it changed my life

The students were inspired by this unassuming man who took a genuine interest in helping them progress and follow their journey, in the same way that Mrs Doris helped him.

Ross is the epitome of modesty, humility and honesty.  He is as comfortable in the company of royalty, the President of the United States and several noble peace prize winners as he is amongst high school students. His passion for creativity is infectious.  His message to our students was

follow your dreams, don’t let anything stand in your way, if I can do it so can you!

In September we launch a new House System.  The houses will be named after people from the province that the students should aspire to.  They have not only been selected for their success in their fields but also for their character.  It is no surprise therefore that one of the houses will be named ‘Wilson’. Welcome home Ross!