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Course overview

 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, painting and sculpture within its historical and artistic context.

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 developing the skills of analysis and interpretation, you will look at a wide range of examples of art and architecture drawn from Ancient Greece right through to the present day.

You will study two themes – Identities and Nature. These themes enable you to look at developments in art and to make connections between movements and periods across time and place. You will also study two specific historical periods in depth – renaissance art in Italy 1420–1520 and modernism in Europe 1900–1939.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • 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?

Many students have gone on to study history of art at university and gained careers in museums and art galleries. However, studying history of art is a stepping stone to a wide range of degree subjects and can lead to careers in many diverse areas such as architecture, law and advertising.


Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature or history.

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