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History of Art

A Level History of Art is the study of art in their original settings and in museums and galleries. It is one of the small number of disciplines which attempt to understand the creative impulse.
What is History of Art?

A Level History of Art is the study of art in their original settings and in museums and galleries. It is one of the small number of disciplines which attempt to understand the creative impulse. It is often only through an examination of the art of a culture that we gain a wider appreciation of the values, resources and aspirations of that culture.

What is History of Art at DLD?

We aim to make you aware of the History of Art as an exciting academic discipline, discovering the materials, styles and techniques of artists and also setting art and architecture in an historical perspective. You will experience the social, religious, political and cultural history in addition to visual analysis of the works themselves.

At AS, you will acquire a basic knowledge of architecture, painting and sculpture styles, themes, materials, techniques, the purpose of art and the role of the paintings, sculptures and buildings which have made a major contribution to our cultural history.

At A2 you will focus on the European architecture, painting and sculpture in the 16th and 19th Century.

How is it assessed?
Unit 1 Written Paper: Visual Analysis and Interpretation 1 Hour 60 marks 20% of total A Level marks
Unit 2 Written Paper: Themes in History of Art 1 Hour and 30 Minutes 90 marks 30% of total A Level marks
Unit 3 Written Paper: Investigation and Interpretation 1 Hour and 30 Minutes 60 marks 25% of total A Level marks
Unit 4 Written Paper: Investigation and Interpretation 1 Hour and 30 Minutes 60 marks 25% of total A Level marks

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

To be curious about the value and status of art in society, training the eye to think in its own way, along with the mind. You will be expected to visit galleries and museums and to read and research widely in your own time.

Good subject combinations

A Level History of Art complements arts-based subjects such as art, English Literature, History, Drama & Theatre Studies, Classical Civilization and Modern Languages. It also offers opportunities for science students to develop new critical skills.

After DLD

The transferable skills that the subject richly offers its candidates permits a wealth of opportunity both at university and beyond: the ability to process, analyse and conceptualise different source materials into well understood narratives; to re-present ideas with confidence and clarity; to assess the quality and reliability of information; and to have a grasp of past human successes or failures through the medium of artistic imagery are becoming increasingly invaluable.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

History of Art is exciting as it will exceed one’s expectations, touching on artists’ personalities/ lives as well as religious, political and social issues.

Daniels Ulms – DLD Graduate

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