Learning to interpret images and understand design are skills for life.
History of Art provides you with an intimate environment for focused and intense discussion, revolving around the history and development of Western Art. It provides you with the tools to analyse a range of historical periods through painting, sculpture and architecture.
Classes are highly interactive, and you are encouraged to discuss, debate and present your ideas to both your teacher and with each other.
The course consists of studying works of art and architecture from classical antiquity to the present day. Learning takes place both in galleries and museums and in the classroom, using digital slides and films. You will learn through discussion, presentations and written essays on how to understand these works in the context of the time in which they were made.
Seeing work in situ is an enriching and important component of the course, with opportunities to visit galleries and architectural sites both at home and abroad.
"Studying History of Art has not only improved how I see and appreciate art, but also all aspects of culture. It has opened my eyes to different features of society that I would not have previously considered." Esme Lucas, History of Art student.
: 3 hour exam 50% of the A Level.
Visual Analysis – 3 unseen images
Questions on images provided in the paper assess knowledge and understanding of formal aspects of art and architecture and how they contribute to meaning.
Thematic Study - two short answer questions & two concise essays.
Two topics studied from a choice of the following four topics:
- Nature in Art.
- Identities in Art.
- War in Art.
- Journeys in Art.
Paper 2: 3 hour exam 50% of the A Level.
Two short answer questions, one concise essay and one long essay.
Two teacher-selected art historical periods from a choice of the following five optional topics:
- Invention and Illusion (The Renaissance in Italy 1420-1520).
- Power & Persuasion (The Baroque in Catholic Europe 1597-1685).
- Rebellion & Revival (The Avant-Garde in Britain & France (1848-1899).
- Brave New World (Modernism in Europe 1900-1939).
- Pop Life (Contemporary Art & Architecture in Britain & the USA 1960-2015).
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)