Art and design

Art students from Hermitage Academy excel at A level art in many different disciplines as they move on to degree level, making rapid progress and impressing those institutions with their flexibility and resilience. This course allows students to fully engage in the philosophical and practical rigour of being an artist interested in making meaning.

I was introduced to a range of contemporary photographic practices. The course stood out in its focus on and encouragement of experimentation and play, two crucial activities for the development of any artist or photographer wishing to further their studies at degree level.
Max Southern, Brighton University, studying photography


Art and design

Awarding body


Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in both GCSE maths and English. Grade 6 or above in art unless a suitable portfolio of skilled work can be provided.

Year 12

Foundation task
Challenges quick-fire drawing task and slightly longer mini assignments. Students have an opportunity to explore graphics, fine art and sculptural approaches as well as digital media, Photoshop and iPad and iPhone based works.

An extended project called ‘the vanity of small differences’ based on the work of Grayson Perry. This is a personal identity-based project. The focus of this project is making meaning.

Spring term onwards, students begin the personal investigation to construct an in-depth inquiry of their own styles until Christmas of Year 13.

Year 13

Personal Investigation – Having chosen and begun to develop an exciting investigation, students pursue multi avenues of inquiry at pace. Alongside a wide breadth of making exercises, students also contribute research and writing culminating in a 3000 word extended written prose.


Externally set assignment – Response to an exam paper of themes - students will pick one theme and have time to prepare works and investigations. In Year 13, from February to April, students end their course with a 15-hour period where they will respond to the set theme, in any format or media appropriate, to produce a purposeful and meaningful response.

Why study art and design?

Art and design offers an incredible breadth of thinking and functional skills that are transferable across a vast spectrum of study. Many students have proceeded to study 2D and 3D animation, fashion and textile design, film and media studies, game design, illustration, product design, photography, set design and graphic design at degree level.