IB Art History

We exist in an environment that is filled with the artefacts of human history: architecture, painting and sculpture. History of Art aims to arrive at an historical understanding of the origins of these artefacts; asking about the circumstances of their making, their functions and their public reception. By investigating the meanings behind these cultural products, shaped and reshaped over time, we better understand ourselves and each other.History of Art is a unique humanities subject which combines elements of Art, History, English, Classics and Sociology. Those who study History of Art develop a curiosity in the world around them and gain useful analytical skills for life beyond sixth form.

IB Standard Level course structure:

  • Topic one: Art of the Renaissance c. 1400-c.1550 CE: You learn about how artists were able to create extraordinary levels of realism by combining their interest in the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome with scientific development and artistic innovation.
  • Topic two: Rococo to Realism c.1720-c.1860 CE: We examine these artworks within the exciting political and historical context of revolutionary France.
  • IA: The coursework component allows you to focus on a topic that really fascinates you. The comparative investigation requires a visual comparison between two art historical periods or artists.

Course benefits:

  • Weekly drop-in sessions for 1 2 1 support
  • Trips to art galleries and conferences
  • A residential trip abroad

Course requirements:

  • You don’t need to be an artist! However Art History can help inform your own creative practise and goes well with Creative Arts subjects.
  • Essay writing skills. History of Art complements any humanities or essay-based subject.

Where can it take you?

  • Art History is a well-regarded subject choice amongst art schools and universities. It can lead to a job in art galleries and museums, journalism, teaching, television and advertising, marketing, events management, publishing and higher education.

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