History of Art

History of Art

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A Level 

Year 12
Pupils will be studying the visual world of painting, sculpture and architecture. Through the AS course they will develop a toolbox of skills that will give them the ability to analyse and interpret a variety of works of painting, sculpture and architecture. Alongside this pupils will gain an understanding of some of the major themes of art history, such as patronage, the status of the artist, historical and cultural contexts of art, and issues of gender, nationality and ethnicity. 

Unit 1 Visual Analysis and interpretation
40% of the total AS marks, 20% of total A level marks

Unit 2 Themes in History of Art
60% of total AS marks, 30% of total A level marks

Year 13
At A2, pupils will develop their specialist knowledge of two historical periods, which will
also involve regular study trips to museums and galleries.

Unit 3 Art and Architecture of Seventeenth Century Europe
25% of total A level marks

Unit 4 Art and Architecture of Europe and the United States of America 1900-1945
25% of total A level marks

How will I be assessed?
Visual analysis and interpretation are fundamental, and pupils will be assessed on their ability to apply these skills to a wide variety of paintings, sculptures and works of architecture. They will also be assessed on their knowledge of the artists and periods covered, as well as an ability to discuss a range of relevant themes and topics.

Future opportunities
We have many pupils who apply to study History of Art at degree level. This is an excellent subject for those interested in culture or history in the broadest sense. Depending on combinations of A level subjects, History of Art can lead to a variety of degree courses including architecture, history of art, visual culture and museum/gallery studies. Careers include publishing, the heritage industry, working for auction houses, journalism, curator and other museum/gallery work.

History of Art combines with almost any other A level subject, such as Chemistry (art restoration), English and/or History (critic, historian, publishing, advertising), Mathematics (architects, graphic designers), Modern Languages and Religious Studies. It combines particularly well with Art and Design, Textiles and related visual subjects.

What are the entry requirements?
There is no specialist requirement beyond the standard for entry to Lady Margaret’s Sixth Form. However, a grade B or above in English Language is preferred, and to pursue this subject at a more advanced level a modern language is highly desirable. Above all, an enquiring mind and enjoyment in looking and analysing is essential.

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