12 Art History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Murphy

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 English is preferable.

Year 12 Art History

Art History is a really interesting and fun way to investigate the impact and effect of historical and cultural change through art. Students will look at, read about and discuss art works, ideas and history in class, engaging with the philosophical, economic, political, religious and social contexts that have shaped culture.

The course covers the development of modern art starting in 1780, with Neoclassical and Romantic art through to Realist, Impressionist and Post Impressionist art in Europe up to 1900. We start the course looking at the French Revolution and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Then we investigate how the changing art styles show the changes in thinking and society in Europe as modern society developed over the 19th Century. We consider how western art and ideas have affected and relate to our ideas and art today. We consider the role of non-European cultures and the role of women in society and how this has changed in art over time.

Writing is a key method of assessment in the course. Students will work to develop their vocabulary, paragraph and essay writing skills through the class tasks and discussions, course readers and written assessments.

Art History will support any future career, by developing analysis and critical thinking skills, writing, literacy and discussion skills in students.

There will be two internal assessments and three external examination papers.

Course Overview

Term 1
Overview of Art from Classical to the 19th Century.
The Bourbon Kings - Louis XVIth and Versailles.
Marie Antoinette and The French Revolution.
The Enlightenment in France. Portraiture.

Art Movements: Neoclassicism and Romanticism,

Internal Assessment: 2.5 Communicate Understanding about an Art History Topic (Research Assignment)

Term 2
A Changing Society: 1830 Revolution, Industrialisation, The Rise of the Middle Class and Capitalism, Political and Social Change, Paris: The Modern City

Art Movements: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism

Internal Assessment 2.4 Examine the use of media in art works

Term 3
Modern Paris, The Eiffel Tower and World Expositions. The Belle Epoque.

Art Movements: Impressionism and Post Impressionism

Revision for External Exams.

Term 4
Revision for External Exams.

Learning Areas:

The Arts

Assessment Policy & Procedures

13 Art History Modern, 13 Art History Renaissance

The visual, written, discussion and critical thinking skills learnt in Art History will assist with careers in Law, Media, Advertising, Film, Architecture, Journalism, Museum Studies, Writing, Art, Advertising and Marketing, PR, Design, Fashion, Music and Photography. Art History is a component of any Art, Design or Humanities degree course or can be studied as a subject at University.

Career Pathways

Architect, Architectural Technician, Urban/Regional Planner, Curator

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Students will be provided with a take home component of booklets and resources to support their classroom learning.

Description Type Value
Take Home Component Non-Voluntary $30.00
Art History Coursebook Voluntary $60.00

Pathway Tags

Film, Journalism, Art, Design, Curating, Museum Studies, Architecture, Advertising, Law, Fashion and Photography

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.