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History of Art A Level at Strode College

Course description

You do not need to have studied art history previously to take History of Art A Level. The course will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of Western Art from 500BC to 2000AD with emphasis upon the practice of painting, sculpture and architecture. You will be introduced to the specific vocabulary used to describe and analyse art and architecture. Your initial investigation of art and architecture will focus on understanding and interpreting the formal elements and recognising influences upon artistic production. This skill set complements the second year programme which comprises of indepth historical investigation of 1800 -1900 and 1900-1945. The focus of these topics encourages greater reference and understanding of the impact of socio/economic and political influences upon the production of art.
The nature of analysis and investigation equips students with relevant skills to progress to higher education.
You will have opportunities to join study trips to relevant exhibitions, including a trip to London and possibly a trip abroad.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent including English Language. No prior knowledge of History of Art is expected.
A grade C in History is preferred.


The course will be assessed by written exams.

Future opportunities

Students can and have used History of Art to support progression into teaching degrees, humanities based degrees such as English Literature and History, and more specialist fields such as the gallery and museum industry, archaeology, conservation and heritage, arts administration, advertising, events and promotion management.
Former students have progressed to study Art History at degree level, including at the Courtauld Institute, Goldsmiths University (London) and Warwick University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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