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History of Art A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

History of Art is a broad-based subject
designed to enable students to develop
the ability to communicate effectively
their understanding and knowledge of
art; to explore and respond to works of
art; and to develop an understanding
of the historical contexts in which
works of art have been created.
The AS course offers students a
structure through which they can
establish a foundation of knowledge
and understanding of the subject. It
consists of two separate but
fundamentally related areas of study:
formal analysis and interpretation of
works of architecture, painting and
sculpture; and exploration of art
historical themes. In A2 we study the
art and architecture of two periods in
depth: the 15th century and 1900-
Students can draw upon their
knowledge of history, philosophy, art,
politics and religion to develop
thoughtful and thought-provoking
interpretations of paintings, sculptures
and works of architecture. While
examining the works of other cultures
and other times, students of History of
Art have the opportunity to reflect on
our own culture and society as we look
at our own perceptions, reactions and

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

History of Art is suitable for anyone
with a genuine interest in art and
culture. No prior study of Art or
History at GCSE is required.


AS Level
Paper 1
Visual Analysis and Interpretation
Questions on images assess
knowledge and understanding of
formal aspects and how they
contribute to meaning.
40% (20% of A Level)
Paper 2
Themes in History of Art
Questions test knowledge and
understanding of significant art
historical themes.
60% (30% of A Level)
A Level
Paper 1
Investigation and Interpretation
Art and Architecture in fifteenth
century Europe. 25%
Paper 2
Investigation and Interpretation
Art and Architecture in Europe and
the USA 1900–1945. 25%

Future opportunities

History of Art is essential for anyone
wishing to study the subject at
university and is a great asset to
students who wish to pursue futures in
the Arts, Architecture or Creative
Sectors. More broadly, the skills of
research, observation, assimilation and
interpretation that are fundamental to
History of Art will prepare students for
a wide variety of future pathways.
History of Art students have ample
opportunity to develop their skills of
critical thinking and argument and
become more eloquent writers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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    • **FEES PAYABLE**

      Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.