History of Art A Level

History of Art A Level

The new Art History specification is an exciting, modern, relevant course which will interest all those who have an interest in our culture and that of other eras and peoples. The course has been designed to offer students the opportunity to explore the Art and Architecture of the world across different Themes and Periods. This is a far-reaching course which will integrate effectively with a range of other subjects and enhance your enjoyment of the world around you.

All students will learn the vocabulary and skills of formal analysis across painting, sculpture and architecture. This visual literacy is combined with analysis and debate to offer valuable learning and key transferable skills for todays visual world.

You will develop the ability to explore and respond to art works and to understand how and why they were created. The principal aim of the course is to allow the students to develop their own critical judgement and become well versed in the history of both art (including architecture) and artists. Art History is offered by a wide range of excellent universities. Many students also find that it offers a highly relevant insight into humanity, philosophy and the making of art which creates a versatile and positive outlook and basis for our rapidly changing world.

Additional
GCSE grade 4 or above in English and one other Humanities subject. No previous knowledge of Art History is required. Students who wish to study this course do not have to have any practical artistic skills as it is based on written research and direct observation.
Assessment
There will be two three hour exams at the end of the second year.
Progression
Art History A level provides an exciting opportunity to develop a life long interest in some of the most spectacular buildings, painting and sculpture that surrounds us.

It develops critical and analytical thinking, good communication skills and supports the improvement and sophistication of students’ essay work.

These are key skills that will be useful to any university degree and future professional role.

There are a wide number of excellent universities who offer Art History for study at degree level – either as a stand alone subject, or in combination with another subject – for example a language or English/History.