Humanities and History of Art departments across the Universities of Brighton and Sussex 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.  Arts subjects have faced many cuts, as well as reductions in teaching time posing a real threat to Art History A-level with progression barriers, and reduced numbers studying this pathway in Higher Education.

The new programme will run from September 2018  to July 2019 on 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.