WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY A LEVEL HISTORY OF ART
History of Art involves the study of art and architecture ranging from the classical period through to the twentieth century. You will learn the skills and technical vocabulary necessary to analyse material from a diverse range of cultures and eras and will develop your critical and evaluative skills as you study key works of art and architecture within their historical contexts. Key periods studied on our course include the Renaissance in Italy (1420‒1520) and the British and French Avant-Garde (1848‒99). The course encourages wide reading and independent research and will hone your critical writing skills as you learn how to develop and support arguments in your essays.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO ENROL?
No prior knowledge of History of Art is required to embark on the A Level course. This subject is an excellent choice for anyone with an interest in culture and the arts. For those planning to go on to university, it complements A Levels in Classical Studies, English Literature, History and Philosophy. It is also a popular choice for students studying practical A Levels in Art or Art and Design, as it provides a valuable grounding in key artistic traditions. The skills you will acquire provide a solid foundation for the study of Art, Archaeology, Classics, English Literature, History, or Philosophy, as well as History of Art, at university.
THE SYLLABUS AND THE EXAM
The course prepares you for the Edexcel syllabus 9HT0. The A Level is a linear course, normally taken over two years. Please note that there is no separate AS qualification for this syllabus. Exams take place in May and June.
For the A Level in History of Art, you will sit the following 2 papers:
Paper 1: Visual Analysis and Themes (code 9HT0/01) is worth 50% of your A Level grade. Length: 3 hours.
For Paper 1 on this course, you will be studying the following two themes: B1: Nature in Art and Architecture and B2: Identities in Art and Architecture.
Paper 2: Periods (code 9HT0/02) is worth 50% of your A Level grade. Length: 3 hours.
For Paper 2 on this course, you will be studying the following two periods: C1 Invention and illusion: the Renaissance in Italy (1420‒1520) and C3 Rebellion and revival: the British and French Avant-Garde (1848‒99).