History of Art

The study of art gives students valuable knowledge of world civilisations and helps them develop analytical skills that can be applied to understand how paintings, sculpture and architecture work to shape our social identities. This course allows students to develop particular interests and students will be encouraged to research and investigate art through first-hand experience.


Year 1

You will study painting, sculpture and architecture and focus on two themes from a choice of:

  • Nature in art and architecture
  • Identities in art and architecture
  • War in art and architecture

Year 2

You will study two periods from:

  • Invention and illusion: the Renaissance in Italy (1420-1520)
  • Power and persuasion: the Baroque in Catholic Europe (1597-1685)
  • Rebellion and revival: the British and French Avant-Garde (1848-99)
  • Brave new world: Modernism in Europe (1900-39)
  • Pop life: British and American contemporary art and architecture (1960-2015)

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUSGrade 4 in GCSE English Literature or History
How The Course is Assessed
Two exams
Career Pathways
Students can progress to Art History and related courses at university, as well as a wide range of other courses. The course is also excellent preparation for a career as a gallery curator, an archivist, a conservationist, a teacher or a publisher amongst other roles.
Transferable Skills
Research; self-confidence; oral and written presentations; reasoning; critical analysis; organisational skills; communication in teams; development of empathy.
Enquiries To
Lisa Wardle-Sharp: