A Level - History of Art
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
The study of art in its historical and contemporary forms gives students crucial knowledge of world civilisations. It gives students visual and analytical skills that can be applied in many walks of life and the tools to understand how images and objects work to shape our social and political identities. This specification allows students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourages lifelong learning and provides access to higher education and university degree courses in art history and related subjects, as well as art historical-related and other careers. Students should be encouraged to research and investigate art through first-hand experience.
The subject content is divided into three areas:
● A: Visual analysis
● B: Themes
● C: Periods
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
● engage actively and independently in historical, theoretical and critical study of art
● be encouraged, where possible, to research and investigate art through first-hand experience of works of art ● understand the relationship between society, culture, technology, politics and art
● understand the ways in which art has been used and interpreted by past and present societies
● understand the influences on, and contributions of artists ● know key art historical terms, concepts and issues
● understand how visual language is used by artists to communicate ideas, including formal characteristics, materials, techniques, and processes
● be able to analyse and make critical judgements about art
● use evidence to substantiate structured arguments about art
● study a sufficient range of artists and works of art to ensure an appropriate depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of specified movements/periods and themes.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and Language.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
History of Art A-level can be taken alongside 2 other A-levels of your choice to create a varied and exciting timetable of study.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
History of Art consists of two externally-examined papers. Each paper is weighted at 50% making up the full qualification.
Paper 1: Section A: Visual analysis For each of the following types of art and architecture, students answer a single compulsory question that requires them to comment on an unseen photograph of:
● a painting
● a sculpture
● a building
Themes Choose two Themes from a choice of three:
● B1 Nature in art and architecture
● B2 Identities in art and architecture
● B3 War in art and architecture. For each Theme, students answer a single compulsory question in two parts. Paper 2:
Periods: Assessment overview:
Choose two Periods from a choice of five:
● C1 Invention and illusion: the Renaissance in Italy (1420‒1520)
● C2 Power and persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe (1597‒1685)
● C3 Rebellion and revival: the British and French Avant-Garde (1848‒99)
● C4 Brave new world: Modernism in Europe (1900‒39)
● C5 Pop life: British and American contemporary art and architecture (1960‒2015). For each Period, students answer a single compulsory question in four parts.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study on this course. However, you will need to contribute to the cost of printing. Students should budget for trips to galleries and museums in order to gain maximum benefit from this course and opportunities available to them.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body Pearson