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Art History A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Art History?
History of Art provides you with an intimate environment for focused and intense discussion of the history and development of Western art and architecture. It provides you with the tools to analyse themes from classical Greece to the end of the twentieth century from the unique viewpoint of the visual arts. This is an academic subject and you will develop your ability to communicate your knowledge and understanding of different artistic movements, artists and works, as well as critically analyse the way these have changed and evolved within chronological and other frameworks. It will also help to develop your critical understanding of the relationship between society and art; art historical terms, concepts and issues; methods of researching and using evidence to justify an opinion.

Classes are highly interactive, and you are encouraged to discuss and debate your ideas with the teacher and each other. Work takes place in the classroom, using digital slides and films as well as in local galleries and museums, including Liverpool Tate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Manchester Art Gallery. You will learn through discussion, presentations and written essays how to understand these works in the context of the time in which they were made. Learning to interpret images and understand design are skills for life!

What will I study?
Unit 1 - Visual analysis and interpretation
Unit 2 - Themes in History of Art
Unit 3 - Investigation and interpretation of the art and architecture (1)
Unit 4 - Investigation and interpretation of the art and architecture (2)

What can I study it with?
Being academic in nature the course combines well with most other subjects, but strongly complements Art, Photography, Fashion & Textiles, Graphics, Product Design and Performing Arts.

Career opportunities
Students who have previously combined this course with other creative subjects have progressed straight onto an appropriate BA programme in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, or another creative subject, and have not had to complete the Art Foundation programme. Many Art History graduates gain employment as curators in museums or galleries, arts administrators, heritage officers, auctioneers and art conservationists.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.

It is also desirable but not essential that you have at least grade C in GCSE Art or a related subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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