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History of Art (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

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Pre-U History of Art aims to develop the critical understanding of works of art, placing them firmly in the context in which they are found. The subject content is chronologically wide ranging, extending from classical antiquity to the present day, including painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking and photography. The course is suitable for pupils with an interest in the subject, but not necessarily those intending to study it further.


Paper 1 Analytical Studies in Western and Non Western Art 1½ hours examination [25%) Pupils study forty works specified by the syllabus. The works are split into the following four sections: painting, sculpture, architecture and drawing/printing/photography/collage/film. 

Paper 2 Historical Topics 2¼ hours examination [25%] There are nine possible topics. Art Historians currently study Man: the measure of all things, the Early Italian Renaissance 1400-1500 and The Shock of the New, Art and Architecture in Europe and the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Paper 3 Thematic Topics 2¼ hours examination [25%] The thematic topics are Art and Architecture in the City, Landscape, Portraiture, The Nude and Still Life. Pupils need to develop a sophisticated level of argument and analysis and be familiar with a wide range of texts.

Paper 4 Personal Investigation written assignment (3000 words) (externally marked with viva) [25%] The Art History Personal Investigation engages the candidate in a piece of independent study. Pupils have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired to a new issue, area, work or body of work of their own choice.

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If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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