The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, Humanities and History of Art departments are leading on an Art History project for local schools and colleges to support progression into Creative Arts and Humanities. This project was developed following a feasibility study funded last year through SLN:COP. There have been major cuts to Arts subjects, as well as reduction in teaching time and a real threat to Art History A-level with progression barriers and reduced numbers studying this pathway in Higher Education.
This new programme will run from September 2018 to July 2019 pm Saturday mornings at the Museum of Brighton and will provide an opportunity for Year 12s to be inspired by the range of pathways in the creative arts and humanities and to raise attainment through the development of research skills. This course will use history of art as a medium to develop research and analysis skills underwritten by an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)*
The programme is led by Penny Huntsman, Art History Consultant, and is excited to be offering the opportunity to raise attainment, encourage empathy and understanding, and to develop resilience in our young people in these challenging times. She explains how the programme will help to “Inspire students with stories and debates on art and architecture. Visual material is accessible to all and offers a way to explore key issues relevant to students today. We are all limited by our own place and time of birth and by the experiences of our own lives; but art offers a way to access a far wider understanding of a diverse range of contemporary issues and experiences”
Penny will also be offering talks and session to schools for younger year groups – for further information please email our Schools’ Liaison Programme Manager, Fay Lofty
* (EPQ) is a qualification taken by some students in England and Wales, where it is equivalent to half an A level. They are part of level three of the National Qualifications Framework.