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Qualification name GCE A Level in History of Art
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2023
Cost £0.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

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History of Art provides you with an exciting opportunity to better understand the world around you through looking at a wide range of artists and architects, from classical antiquity to the modern-day! Classes are highly interactive, and you are encouraged to discuss, debate and present your ideas to both your teacher and each other. As a result, you will gain a better understanding of painting, sculpture and architecture in the context of their art historical periods. Learning takes place both in galleries and museums and in the classroom, using digital slides and films. The course will also teach you vital essay writing skills, preparing you not just for examination but also for life beyond A level.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

You need to be qualified by both the relevant admissions score AND for the subjects you are applying for: The indicative Minimum entry admissions score for ​History of Art is 58. Calculate your admissions score at, Read more by visiting: Subjects and grades required: GCSE grade 6 in English Language or Literature

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Visual Analysis and Interpretation. In this part of the course, you will gain valuable skills in visual analysis, investigating how to interpret art and architecture through their formal elements. The exam will test your abilities by giving you three images to analyse: one painting, one piece of sculpture and one piece of architecture. Thematic study in Art History. We will study a range of case studies from a choice of two themes from the following: Nature in Art. Identities in Art. War in Art. This will give us the chance to examine concepts and contexts across a diverse and rich set of art and architecture, including non-western examples. Rebellion and Revival. The Avant-Garde in Britain and France (1848-1899) will present the opportunity to study the latter part of the 19th Century in depth. Brave New World. Modern Art of the early 20th Century (1900-1939) will present the opportunity to study the early 20th Century in depth.

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Paper 1: 3 hour exam 50% of the A Level. Section A: Visual Analysis - three 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. Section B: Thematic Study - two short answer questions; two concise essays. Paper 2: 3-hour exam 50% of the A level. Two short answer questions, one concise essay and one long essay.

History of Art gives students a great foundation for any career in the visual arts. It also presents opportunities to work in a range of areas such as the museums and gallery sectors, journalism, art conservation and many more!
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