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Art and Design AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

We follow the AQA specification for Fine Art.

At Hall Cross we can offer a large, well-resourced department, which includes a MAC computer suite, facilities for etching, ceramics and mixed media approaches to the subject.

We believe that students are individuals and do not expect all to work in the same way or have the same interests.

This course aims to provide you with a broad foundation in Art and Design, promoting the individual and creative development of student’s work and establishing confidence with a range of processes including drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media approaches to Fine Art.

Students who wish to develop sculptural pieces will also be well catered for.

Course content

AS Level

Students will complete their portfolio of work which will cover a broad range of advanced textiles techniques and drawing media.

Alongside this pupils will carry out independent research into the work of artists and designers to support and inspire their drawn and practical elements. Students will then begin to develop their own work with guidance from teachers to ensure they achieve the necessary criteria.

The externally set assignment gives students a choice of starting points which they then develop individually using the skills and techniques they have learnt during the portfolio unit.

A2 Level

Students undertake a personal investigation.

Initially a project title will be selected through discussion with their teachers which will then be investigated and developed by the student.

At the end of A2 there is an externally set assignment which follows the same format as the AS exam.

Entry requirements

A or B in a GCSE art subject and a strong portfolio of GCSE art work.


All work is internally assessed and externally moderated. A summary of the scheme of assessment is set out below:

There are two components for AS.

  1. Portfolio of Work
  2. Externally Set Assignment

There are two components for A2.

  1. Personal Investigation
  2. Externally Set Assignment

Future opportunities

We have an excellent track record of students gaining places at prestigious universities and colleges for a wide range of courses including, ‘Fashion Design’ at Nottingham Trent, ‘Illustration’ at Bournemouth, ‘Graphic Design’ at Northumbria, Fine Art and Creative Writing at Lancaster University and Leeds College of Art & Design Foundation Course.

Further information

Visits to exhibitions and galleries, life drawing and artists in residence will be used to give students the opportunity to broaden their art experience including visits to galleries and exhibitions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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