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Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (History of Art) A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60149735
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Critical and Contextual Studies is an option students can take after completion of their first year of Fine Art. It is closely linked and taught alongside A Level Fine Art and offers those students who prefer a more in-depth written and critical approach to the subject, 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 develops 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 human form, architecture and environment, social and political issues, narrative and symbolism. You will acquire first-hand knowledge of key pieces in galleries, exhibitions and the designed environment. Students develop an independent approach to the subject demonstrating continued critical understanding, supported by integrated written engagement with the works of artists and designers, to develop work which has a personal significance into a major in-depth, practical and written theoretical  investigation.

How will it be delivered?

Year 1: Personal creative enquiry

Year 2: Personal investigation and an externally set assignment (15 hours)

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-5 including English at grade 4 or above and preferably an Art based subject. 

Your next steps...

The course will prepare you for further study at Foundation Diploma, HND/Degree level. Careers in the creative industries include practical fine art and design making, teaching, gallery administration, journalism, architecture, art direction, film, television, curating and restoration.


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