Course overview

A level history of art enables you to explore many aspects of art and architecture from around the world. You learn how to analyse and interpret architecture, paintings and sculpture within a historical and artistic context. The course develops students’ understanding of the relationship between art and society; art historical terms, concepts and issues; the influence of social, cultural and political factors on art, as well as developments in materials and techniques over time.

The subject links well with art, textiles, graphics, history, classical civilisation, English literature and religious studies. There are also scientific and mathematical links and some students study history of art alongside completely unrelated subjects

What will I study?

In Year 12 you will develop the skills of analysis and interpretation you will look at wide range of examples of art and architecture drawn from ancient Greece right through to the present day. You will study identities and nature in both art and architecture and will look at developments in art making connections between movements and periods across time and place.

In Year 13 you get the opportunity to look at the Renaissance Art in Italy 1420-1520 and the Modernism in Europe 1900-1939. Examples of specific artists studied are Giovanni Bellini, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti and Grayson Perry – from the 15th century right through to contemporary artists. The lessons involve teacher-led and group discussions, with a wide range of activities designed to develop the skills of critical analysis. Students are encouraged to work independently in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of topics covered in lessons.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Students are encouraged to research and investigate art through first-hand experience in galleries and the environment
  • Two trips a year are planned to major art galleries and current exhibitions. Recent trips have been to the National Gallery and Tate Britain in London, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Tate Liverpool

What can it lead to?

History of art is considered by universities to be a rigorous, academic subject with many transferable skills. Students have gone on to study a wide range of courses at university but also many have gone on to study history of art at some of the top UK universities. The A level is directly related to a career in museums and art galleries, but can lead to many other things.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature.

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Next event:

Year 12 consultation evening (o-z) 5.30-8.30 5:30pm on 22nd January 2018

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