Welcome to the Art Department!

Welcome to the NUSA Art Department.

All our students have the opportunities to explore and develop new skills and techniques supported by a range of specialist staff.

Facilities Available:

  • Pottery studio with electric kiln and three potters wheels
  • Multi-purpose art studio
  • Textiles studio with a range of Bernina and Janome sewing machines
  • Computer suite and photography studio

Support for students

To support all students in the academy we offer a range of catch-up sessions after school on various nights of the week. These are run by all members of the Art team. We are here to support the learning and progress of all students. This could be to support with homework, GCSE Art,Textiles or Photography subjects. The department also offers additional opportunities for students to study GCSE options in their own time.

Please approach a member of the Art team for further information.


We are in the process of improving and expanding our current art displays around the academy in order for students, staff and visitors to see the amazing work of our students. At present beautiful chalk and charcoal portraits, card sculptured heads and aboriginal paintings adorn some of the walls and surfaces in the reception area.

Scheme of work

GCSE Art offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. Students will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the three years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam.

Students will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist study, development and final pieces. The projects enable students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction.

Students are assessed throughout the course to support and guide their development. They will receive a mixture of group critiques and individual tutorials/feedback. Students will be marked according to formal GCSE grades and effort levels:

  • 9
  • 8/A* - Fluent ability and exceptional work
  • 7/A – Fluent ability and outstanding work
  • 6/B – Confident ability and very good work
  • 5
  • 4/C – Competent ability and good work
  • 3/D – Basic ability and basic work
  • 2/E – Limited ability and limited work

Please follow the link for more detail on the Edexcel specification at GCSE:

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