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History of Art
None. This course is subject to sufficient demand.
Unit 1: Visual analysis and interpretation.
Requires knowledge and understanding of formal characteristics, terminology and general knowledge of historical, social and cultural contexts for painting, sculpture and architecture.
Assessment: Questions on images provided in the paper assess knowledge and understanding of formal aspects and how they contribute to meaning.
Unit 2: Themes in History of Art
Requires students to develop an understanding of art historical themes in relation to teacher-selected examples of works of Western art and architecture, artists and architects drawn from Classical Greece to the end of the 20th Century Themes include - Subjects & genres; social & cultural status; gender, nationality and ethnicity; patronage; form and style; form & function historical and social contexts; materials, techniques and processes.
Questions test knowledge and understanding of significant Art historical themes.
Unit 3 – Art and architecture in 19th Century Europe.
Requires a knowledge and understanding of different styles, movements and artistic groups in relation to specific works of art and architecture that were produced in the 19th Century.
Unit 4 - Art and architecture in 16th Century Europe.
Requires a knowledge and understanding of different styles, movements and artistic groups in relation to specific works of art and architecture that were produced in the 166h Century.
Questions test knowledge and understanding of the art and architecture of the two periods studied. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of Art historical themes that they gained from their AS studies.
This A Level can be used in conjunction with other essay-based subjects (English, History, Politics, Classical Civilisation) taken at A level to gain a place in any humanities or arts subject. It is a valuable asset for any student seeking a place on an Art History course.
Together with A level Art, AS Art History equips a student to apply to the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, although this is best attempted after a Foundation year at Art school.