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Art: Critical and Contextual Studies at St Birinus School

Course description


  • Unit 1 Themed Study/Personal supporting studies
  • Unit 2 Externally set assignment

    A2 Unit 3 Personal Study/Critical & supporting studies

  • Unit 4 Externally set assignment

    This course offers an exciting approach to Art History that develops learning skills in the understanding and analysis of the visual language of an extensive range of works of art, architecture, artefacts and craft across a wide range of historical periods and cultural sources.

    This is an investigative approach to art history, with the emphasis on academic study together with practical personal investigation. Through classroom activities, research topics, essay writing, critical debate and analysis you will study a wide range of visual elements from the Renaissance to 20th and 21st Century Art and Design, history and culture.

    Through these projects you will learn how to place art within a historical, political and social context and establish links and connections between different times, ideas, artists and events. The course programme requires regular Gallery and Museum visits both locally and nationally to view works first hand and these visits form a core part of the course. Life drawing classes are offered to all students on this course.

  • Entry requirements

    If you achieve at least 5 C grades or above or the equivalent youcould consider Advanced Level courses.

    However, for the majority of Level 3 subjects B grades at GCSEare required. Specific grade requrements for subjects are available from staff and will be discussed at interview .

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 09 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years