History of Art, GCE A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
This course will allow you to develop an understanding of the relationship between society and art. You will learn art historical terms, concepts and issues while exploring the influence of cultural, social and political factors on what we see. You will also study developments in materials, techniques and processes of both art and architecture across historical periods and cultures.
The course is split into two units. The first, visual analysis and themes, has two main elements that build your skills of visual literacy, developing your knowledge and understanding of key terminology and the ability to analyse and interpret the choices made by artists, sculptors and architects in their work. The second unit focuses on two periods in the history of art from the five possibilities set by the exam board. These include the Italian Renaissance (1420-1520), the Baroque (1597-1685), the British and French Avant-Garde (1848-1899), European Modernism (1900-1939), and Contemporary American British Art (1960-2015).
Trips and visits play an important part in this course with students previously visiting Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York. History of Art is suitable for anyone interested in visual culture.
If you go to galleries, look at art and photography online or just wonder why a small black square painted onto a white canvas can be called art, then History of Art could be for you. It should be emphasised that previous knowledge really isn't important; being excited and inspired by images, however, is crucial.
Why History of Art?
Exciting and Innovative
You'll explore a very wide range of works of art from all over the world and get the opportunity to consider ideas and issues such as the representation of gender and self in art and architecture.
Trips and Visits
Take part in a range of trips and visits. Students have enjoyed bespoke trips to Greenwich and Cambridge, been accepted onto the History of Art summer school at the University of Cambridge and shortlisted for the Paul Mellon Write on Art prize (Yale University).
Prepares you for University
This courses prepares you for university. You'll develop your analytical and thinking skills along with the confidence to give your own opinions and ideas about art. Written skills are really important; you'll receive expert support in developing your essay writing skills.
3 A Level Programme
Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.
You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.
4 A Level / A+ Programme
This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
You will be assessed two three hour exams both worth 50% of your final mark.
You can go on to do an undergraduate course which is seen as a strong component of any university or job application. This is mainly because it allows you to develop analytical and conceptual skills, learn attention to detail and how images work and improve the clarity and coherence of your own writing.
This course will help you to prepare for the next step in your creative career. The skills learnt during the course will help you progress in to careers such as advertiting, museum work, graphic design and publishing.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
Interested in Museum Studies, conservation or gallery work? Voluntary work is great experience and good for your CV! Norwich Castle have a Volunteer Taster Day onSaturday 29 February, with outreach activities, object handling, sword fighting and more! To book, email email@example.com or call 01603 228 993. Free event, with no obligation to become a volunteer. @norwichcastle #opportunities #historyofart #alevel #volunteering
A great short video of our RIBA Architects Ambassadors event last week- such a good day! Huge thanks to @wga_projects repost @pastoncollege #riba #architecture #sustainableliving #historyofart #alevel
Valentine rescuing Sylvia from Proteus, 1851, William Holman Hunt. Year 13 are currently studying Holman Hunt, with his painstaking luminous technique. This one seems particularly apt today! #valentine #holmanhunt #alevel #historyofart #preraphaelite
Such an amazing day today creating this fabulous architectural model of a contemporary eco community, with @wga_projects, as part of the RIBA Architecture Ambassador s scheme. 100 bamboo canes, a lot of recycled cardboard, rope, wood, and much more... 16 individual structures coming together to create a community. Such impressive work today! More to follow... #riba #architecture #alevel #historyofart #eco @pastoncollege @citycollegenorwich @wga_projects
Exploring biomorphic architecture today with Year 12, looking at how Gaudi used natural structures in his designs- helicoids, hyperboloids and catenary arches. Very creative responses! #gaudi #architecture #alevel #historyofart #biomorphic #sagradafamilia #catalonia @pastoncollege @citycollegenorwich
Very excited about this forthcoming event @pastonhistoryofart! Looking forward to a hands on day of workshops with wga_projects, exploring issues around architecture, climate and design, as part of the RIBA Architect Ambassador scheme. Watch this space... @pastoncollege @citycollegenorwich @riba @wga_projects #architecture #design #historyofart #alevel #art
Some brilliant work by Year 13 today, concisely summarised in this Venn diagram exploring three different versions of 'The Stonebreaker' in the contexts of the 1848 Revolutions, Marxism, the Poor Laws of 1838, Realism and Pre-Raphaelitism... Fascinating stuff! #courbet #preraphaelites #1848 #thestonebreakers #historyofart #alevel #alevelhistoryofart
Today we have been exploring the beautifully luminous work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, a Finnish artist inspired by Realism and Symbolism as well as by a strong sense of national pride. One interesting fact about this painting of Lake Keitele- the grey swathes of still water sweeping across the front may be caused by the wind, or they may be the wake of the boat of the folk hero Vainamoinen... #alevelarthistory #art #arthistory #gallen-kallela #finland #finnishart #vainamoinen
A little bit of Friday afternoon relaxation here at the end of mocks week- watching Mike Leigh's 'Mr Turner' with Year 12. Interesting to see how Timothy Spall presents Turner's artistic techniques- but did he really spit on his paintings...? #JMW Turner #arthistory #historyofart #alevel
Good luck to all our students sitting mock exams this week! Looks like the young man in this image is studying hard... Matthias Stom, Boy Reading by Candlelight, c1600
#arthistory #dutchart #exams #goodluck #alevel #historyofart
Epiphany - the Feast of the Three Kings, celebrated on 6th January in the Christian Calendar. On this day, the baby Jesus was revealed to the three Kings, or Magi. In art, this is represented as the Adoration of the Magi. One particularly striking version of this is Benozzo Gozzoli's oil painting of 1459, in which he included portraits many of the Medici family who were a leading family in Florence at the time. They really liked this representation of themselves, unsurprisingly!
Have you taken your Christmas decorations down? Today is Twelfth Night - the twelfth day of Christmas - and some people believe it's bad luck to leave your decorations up after today. Traditions around the world include wassailing (singing) and baking special pastries. In parts of Kent, there is a tradition that an edible decoration would be the last part of Christmas to be removed on Twelfth Night and shared amongst the family. It certainly looks like the family in Jan Steen's genre painting of 1671 are enjoying their Twelfth Night feast! #twelfthnight #epiphany #jansteen #alevel #arthistory