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History of Art

Why study History of Art?

You don’t necessarily need to go on to Art at university or Art College. What is important is the way in which you are solving a problem by creating your own brief. The whole negotiation of how you navigate your visual journey is a skill in itself. And I think this is quite a transferrable skill.

The course also ensures a greater understanding of contemporary visual culture, which is useful for students hoping to pursue careers in other disciplines such as journalism, architecture, film, fashion and advertising.

James Bacchi-Andreoli
Head of Arts

About the Course

History of Art is enjoyable, rewarding and challenging A level subject

The making of art has always been a response to the culture of the time in which it was made, so you will gain greater insight into key issues in society throughout the ages, from finance to politics. First-hand experience of art is vital and our proximity to central London will allow us to visit galleries regularly as a group, and individually for various homework assignments. Practical art skills are not required, but observation, visual curiosity and analytical abilities together with well developed literary skills are paramount. At least a B grade in English at GCSE would be expected and GCSE History would be very useful. History of Art is a good combination with languages, and for science specialists offers an alternative discipline. Studying History of Art is a good choice for students considering a career in the media, publishing and marketing or in the more specialised world of auction houses, the heritage and leisure industries or education and arts administration in this country or overseas. The course develops a wide range of skills and so makes a realistic combination with a variety of other subjects.


Examination Board                                                                                           

OCR (H505)

Course Structure

ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY (AS) Western Art from 500 BC to 2000 AD

  • Unit 1 Visual Analysis and Interpretation
  • Unit 2 Themes in History of Art


  • Unit 3 Investigation and Interpretation (1) Art and Architecture in Europe and the USA 1946–2000
  • Unit 4 Investigation and Interpretation (2) Art and Architecture in 15th century Europe