History of Art, GCE A Level
- September 2019, 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 emphasized that previous knowledge really isn't important; being excited and inspired by images, however, is crucial.
Why study History of Art?
Exciting and innovative
Explore a wide range of works of art from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to consider ideas and issues such as the representation of gender and self in art and architecture
Students this year have enjoyed 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).
Prepare for university
You'll develop your analytical and thinking skills along with the confidence to give your own opinions and ideas about art
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.