What is the A level about?
History of Art A level offers a wide-ranging introduction to art history. If you choose to study the A level, you will find yourself exploring themes such as art’s role in society, patronage, artistic style, materials, techniques and processes.
You will cover a wide range of historical eras, from classical Greece to 20th century Pop Art; from Renaissance and Baroque art to Impressionism and Modernism. The new Edxcel A level also features for the first time Western Art and architecture.
What does the A level consist of?
The first year introduces a critical vocabulary for analysing and interpreting art and architecture – equipping you with the tools needed to construct your own opinions and arguments.
In the second year, students are offered the opportunity to investigate more specific periods of western art in greater depth.
Topic choices include the Renaissance, the Baroque, 19th century European art and architecture, early Modernism in the 20th century and Contemporary art and architecture in Europe and the USA.
The course, as we teach it, has a strong observational component, so you’ll look at the amazing art and architecture in Oxford, as well as regularly visiting London museums and galleries. Your studies may even take you as far afield as Paris, Florence or Rome. You’ll also be encouraged to visit museums and galleries in your own time in order to look at art at first hand.
Exams are essay based and the subject involves a significant amount of research. You should be prepared to read widely around your chosen topics.
Whom does the subject suit?
History of Art would clearly suit students who are interested in art, history and visual culture.
As an A level, it complements subjects such as English, Classical Civilization, Religious Studies, Modern Languages, Sociology, Media Studies, Film Studies and Psychology – to name a few!
What might the subject lead to?
d’Overbroeck’s History of Art students regularly go on to study History of Art at university. In the last few years our students have been offered places on the degree courses at Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute, UCL, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Sussex universities.
Our HoA students regularly gain offers of places on some of the best degree courses in the UK e.g. Cambridge, Edinburgh, UCL, Courtauld institute, Leeds, Sussex, Manchester, Birmingham.