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History of Art is a very popular choice at Uppingham, attracting around twenty pupils a year, and can be combined with a variety of other subjects. No previous knowledge of the subject is needed and certainly no practical art experience or skill is necessary. However, a curiosity about the visual culture which surrounds us and an ability to write both descriptively and analytically would be an advantage.
We teach the Cambridge Pre-U course, a type of A-level developed by the University, which aims to develop a high level of visual awareness, a critical understanding of works of art from a range of cultures as well as encouraging the skills of research and critical analysis.
There are three parts of the syllabus that are tested by exams:
The fourth part of the syllabus is a piece of course work on any aspect of Art History. It is submitted in the February of the Upper Sixth, is marked externally and also examined with a viva from a visiting moderator.
All these four parts are assessed in the second year. There is no AS qualification and no exams in the first year.
The department is housed in the Old Science School and is taught by a team of two. All the visual images used on the course are available to the pupils on the internal computer network, whilst books from the extensive History of Art library can be borrowed and used in studies. As well as a trip to Rome and Florence at Easter, the pupils visit museums and art galleries in London every term to see the original works of art on the syllabus.
Most pupils develop a passion for the subject with a high proportion going on to read the subject at university. Uppingham pupils are at present studying History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, UCL, Oxford Brookes and Newcastle.
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