History of Art A Level

If you are interested in studying History of Art but don’t know where to start this new online A Level could be the perfect jumping in point.

Learn to develop skills to read images and to better understand the world around you as you discover art and artists from some of the most significant and exciting eras of Art and Architecture.


“In a world that increasingly communicates visually – think Snapchat, Instagram and the challenge of fake news and doctored photos – we need art historians to interpret the world, to understand the past and look to the future.”
Professor Abigail Harrison Moore, University of Leeds

Studying A level History of Art online provides exceptional preparation for many careers where critical thinking and evidence plays a crucial role in decision making, as well as careers in the arts. You can complete the course at your own pace and get support from a personal tutor as part of your online learning. Included in the course is a free digital copy of our art history textbook Thinking About Art.

“This fantastic new online history of art A-Level opens this important subject up to students who want to investigate the visual arts as a fundamental element of the human experience – past and present.”
Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art

This A level History of Art course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to study art history at degree level.
  • Want to step back in time to learn about artists throughout the centuries and how the world around them has influenced their work.
  • Would like to boost your research, analytical and methodological skills in preparation for higher education.
  • Enjoy learning about art.


Developed as part of a partnership between the Association for Art History and the National Extension College, this online course will help you become a more inquiring, critical and analytical thinker.

Further information about the course, how to enrol and what areas you will study can be found on the National Extension College website.


If you are a teacher and would like to find out more about available teaching resources, Art History in Schools – who were involved in the course development for the online A Level – have a useful resource section on their website.

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