At Norwich School, History of Art is taught as an option in the Sixth Form.
From September 2017 pupils will undertake the Pre-U course which is comprised of four exam papers taken at the end of the second year.
The course assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and is suitable for the wide range of candidates who wish to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, this fascinating field of study.
Paper 1 is a visual survey of Western and Non-Western art. Pupils will study Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from the Classical World to the 21st Century. There are three historical topics in Paper 2 which are ‘the Italian Renaissance c.1400 to c.1600’, ‘17th-century art and architecture’ and ‘Art and Architecture in Europe and the United States in the 20th and 21st Century’. Paper 3 is a thematic topic called ‘Art and the City – Venice’ and will involve a trip to Venice to form the basis for this topic. At the end of the first year pupils begin research and preparation for paper 4, the Personal Investigation.
It is a highly diverse subject and involves no practical coursework, being based exclusively upon essays. Consequently it is ideally suited to those wishing to study Architecture, Philosophy or Art History at institutions such as Cambridge University or the Courtauld Institute of Art.