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.
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Music about art... Escher and Teenage Fanclub? Or Don McLean's Vincent? I love the fact that art and artists have inspired some great music. I'd love to hear of any more you can think of! (PS If you get stuck, the National Gallery for Scotland has a whole playlist of these on Spotify!) #music #art #musicandart #escher #vincentvangogh #nationalgalleryscotland
Check out this article in the Independent for a roundup of the best virtual gallery tours. My favourite is the Uffizi in Florence - a really good, close look at some stunning Renaissance art. #art #historyofart #workfromhome #alevel #gallery #theindependent
My attempt at #betweenartandquarantine Evie was not impressed!!! Paule Gobillard, Berthe Morisot, 1887 #betweenartandquarantine #tussenkunstenquarantaine #gettymuseumchallenge #arteveryday #historyofart #alevel
Art in Quarantine. These are just brilliant! Check out the full challenge #betweenartandquarantine #tussenkunstenquarantaine
Full instructions by the Getty museum - http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/
Be fantastic to see some of you having a go!! #artinquarantine #arteveryday #historyofart #alevel
If you use Facebook instead, you can post it to your feed or send it to us directly: go to the Getty page and click “Send Message,” then tell us about it in words and attach the photos.
Connected! The Arts Society new digital forum launches a series of lectures today with a fascinating lecture on Las Meninas, the enigmatic painting of the Infanta Margaret Theresa by Velazquez. The new site also has forums and blogs - well worth having a look at. #artsociety #velazquez #lasmeninas #historyofart #sixthform
Year 12 are about to start looking at Grayson Perry as part of a study of identity in art... and this looks fabulous! Grayson Perry himself says “I want to make art an ordinary part of life but a stimulating part of life. I’m not really talking to the art world, I’m more interested in the average Joe on the sofa.” Well, I'll certainly be giving it a go! #graysonperry #historyofart #alevel #art #sixthform #creativity
Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book, 1888. Vincent Van Gogh.
A beautiful and tranquil image of being at home, by Van Gogh.
Wow! Some amazing work coming in online from our History of Art students. We've just started a new unit on Identity, in which we'll be exploring the presentation of aspects such as gender, nationality and ethnicity. Some exciting artists ahead, like Grayson Perry and Frida Kahlo. For now though, we've been exploring portraiture and the expression of identity. Although History of Art isn't assessed on creative responses, sometimes producing some artwork is a great way of exploring concepts. I love this work I was sent today and how it explores various aspects of identity. Well done students, you're doing a great job. #identity #historyofart #alevel #sixthform #alevel @pastoncollege @citycollegenorwich
#internationalwomensday Gender is a theme we often explore in History of Art. Year 13 have recently been considering the representation of the nude form, from Titian's Venus d'Urbino to the Guerilla Girls' biting parody of this. We've looked at issues around institutional sexism, through reading 'Why have there been no great women artists?' by Linda Nochlin, and thinking about the groundbreaking work of French artist Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. But we've also considered masculinity too and the issues surrounding this in a postmodern society; we've read extracts from Grayson Perry's 'The Descent of Man' and explored his sculpture 'I am a Man'. As Emma Watson said in the heforshe campaign," We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence." Here's to thinking about gender, expression and freedom. #internationalwomensday #lindanochlin #guerillagirls #vigeelebrun #graysonperry #gender #women #men #emmawatson