Why Should You Take This Course?
Critical and Contextual Studies (History of Art) is an exciting A Level Course which offers students the opportunity to study the development of Art and Design in its many changing forms through both practical and written assignments. The emphasis of the Course is on evaluating and interpreting works of art in their social and historical context.
The Course will enable you to develop your practical and theoretical understanding through visual analysis, interpretation and written critical investigation. This will include investigation into historical and contemporary practice and a range of genres such as portraiture and the human form, architecture and the environment, social and political issues, narrative and symbolism. You will also be encouraged to acquire first-hand knowledge of key pieces of work in galleries, exhibitions and the designed environment.
AS Level: Year 1
You will be required to engage with the works of artists and designers which encourages a practical, creative and written critical response to enable you to develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of key historical and contemporary art styles and genres to inform and develop your own personal work towards an extended exploratory portfolio or essay.
A Level: Year 2
The emphasis of this year will be on developing and extending existing knowledge and skills acquired in the first year. You will be encouraged to develop a more independent approach to the subject demonstrating continued critical understanding, supported by integrated written engagement with the works of artists and designers to inform and develop work which has a personal significance into a major in-depth, practical or written theoretical investigation.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (40%)
Unit 3: Personal Investigation (36%)
Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment (15 hours): (24%)
Are there any special expenses?
You will be asked to provide basic materials such as pencils, paintbrushes and sketchbooks as well as a contribution toward the cost of specialist or large quantities of materials you may choose for your projects. Some trips such as visits to museums and galleries are compulsory.
What could I do next?
The Course will prepare you for further study at Foundation, HND/Degree level. There are a wealth of diverse careers in the Creative Industries which include practical fine art and design making, to teaching, gallery administration, journalism, architecture, art direction, film, television, curating and restoration.