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History of Art AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

History of Art (Art of the Western World) establishes a framework for exploring aspects of western art and architecture. It enables students to achieve an appreciation of some significant themes from classical Greece to the end of the twentieth century and demonstrate the skills of investigation and interpretation within the context of History of Art.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of art historical movements, practitioners and works, considering the way that these change and evolve within chronological and other frameworks. It also builds their understanding of the relationship between society and art; art historical terms, concepts and issues; methods of researching, investigating and analysing and use of evidence and how works are interpreted and evaluated.

There is no controlled assessment/coursework element to this course.

This specification assumes no previous knowledge of History of Art and is suitable for students who wish to develop their interest in and enjoyment of the study of History of Art.

Course content

AS LEVEL

  • Unit 1 consists of one written paper (1 hour) 40% of visual analysis and interpretation of three identified ‘unseen’ examples of painting, sculpture and architecture. Examples can range in date from Classical Greece to the end of the Twentieth Century.
  • Unit 2 is an essay-based paper three essay questions from a choice of six, 30 minutes each (1 ½ hour, 60%), which tests knowledge and understanding of significant Art Historical themes - including subjects and genres; materials and techniques; form and style; form and function; historical and social contexts; patronage;  gender nationality and ethnicity; form and style with reference to specific case studies ranging in date from Classical Greece to the end of the Twentieth Century.
A2 LEVEL
  • Units 3 and 4 build on the visual analysis skills developed and the key themes studied at AS level in order to test knowledge, understanding and essay-writing skills.
  • Unit 3. is an essay-based paper, two essay questions from a choice of four, 45 minutes each (1 ½ hour, 50%), in relation to the art and architecture of Europe and America between 1946 and 2000
  • Unit 4. is an essay-based paper, two essay questions from a choice of four, 45 minutes each (1 ½ hour, 50%) on the subject of the art and architecture of Sixteenth Century Europe

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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