L3 Art History

13ARTH
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

Senior Art is helpful


Students have a one hour video conference lecture each week with their art history teacher, and study independently for the other three classes, for a total of four timetabled hours a week. They may choose to specialise in either Renaissance or Modernist study options. Course endorsement and scholarship study are available. Collaborative knowledge building and technology will be used to support and enhance learning in this course. Access to a computer or similar portable device is essential.

Topics covered:

Late Renaissance to Mannerism:

The influence of classical ruins and writings, inspiring human achievement, religious faith and the rise of the individual, and the politics and corruption of powerful leaders are all included in a study of mid-to-late fifteenth-century Italian culture and contexts, to be explored through painting, sculpture and architecture. Artists studied include Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian.

Early Modernism 1900–1940:

Freud, psychoanalysis and the unconscious mind; the study of dreams, philosophy, theosophy, primitivism and utopianism; the politics and violence of war, social change heralded by science, technology, industrialisation and consumerism; and the politics of socialism and communism are all included in a study of early twentieth-century European culture and contexts, to be explored through Modernist art styles including Cubism, Orphism, Futurism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Abstraction, De Stilj, Dada, and Surrealism. Artists studied include Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Beckmann, Duchamp, Hoch, Magritte, and Dali.

Credits available:

20 credits will be available for a full year of learning and assessment in this course – 16 internally assessed credits & 4 externally assessed credits.




Learning Areas:

Distance Learning



Career Pathways

Historian