Art History is a high-interest subject which studies different cultures and periods by examining the art and architecture, the artists responsible and the society of the time. It is a useful subject to gain a deeper understanding of history, society and culture and helpful to boys intending careers in architecture, art and design, tourism or museum studies. Art History can be studied at Levels 2 and 3 and at many New Zealand and overseas universities. Even if the subject is not studied beyond school level, it can provide the foundation for a lifelong interest. Art History teaches visual analysis, research skills, historical knowledge, interpretation, information analysis, writing skills and critical thinking. Visual literacy is a key to many areas of study today.
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites but an interest in art and history and an ability in written language are useful. There is no need for practical artistic ability. Description In Level 2, the focus is the area of study Towards Modernism, which examines European art in the 19th century – from Neo-Classicism to Post- Impressionism and Art Nouveau. It covers the changes in society and art brought about by the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution and the impact of these changes on painting, sculpture, architecture and design. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 8 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 12 credits internally assessed.
The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:
• AS 91180 (4 credits – external) Examine the effects of formal elements of art works. • AS 91182 (4 credits – external) Examine the influence of context/s on art works. • AS 91183 (4 credits – internal) Examine the use of media in art works. • AS 91184 (4 credits – internal) Research an Art History topic. • AS 91186 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of art works in relation to their environments.
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