Rejoice! The History of Art A Level has been saved

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Rejoice! The History of Art A Level has been saved

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The British art community is celebrating today after it was announced this morning that a new exam board will be offering History of Art A Level next year.

Back in October, AQA – the only board to still offer the subject – said that it was going to axe Art History from it’s A Level curriculum from 2018.

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Today however, the Pearson exam board has announced that they’re developing a new exam which will be ready to start from September 2017.

This is after a petition led by the Association of Art Historians – backed by the University of York, the National Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts, as well as a 38 Degrees campaign which saw 18,508 people petition against the proposals.

Artist Anish Kapoor, CBE RA, called the news ‘a huge relief’.

Rejoice! The History of Art A Level has been saved

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‘Art and art history are the study of what inspires and guides the poetic in us- how could we imagine an education without them?’

Also welcoming the news, Dr Gabrile Finaldi, director of the National Gallery said that the arts was ‘one of the great strengths of the UK.’

‘I am pleased that A-level provision in art history will not be interrupted for students starting Sixth form in 2017. The National Gallery is keen to work with schools that already offer or are thinking of introducing the history of art in their teaching.’

Meanwhile, academics rejoiced at the news that sixth formers would once again be able to study valuable subjects that they enjoyed.

Professor Michael White from the University of York said: ‘Art is one of the profoundest forms of human creativity and expression.

‘The study of its history opens eyes and minds to the power of visual communication and the possibilities of intercultural understanding.

‘We are therefore delighted that Pearson will offer History of Art A level from next year and look forward to working with them and with schools across the country to increase opportunities for students to encounter a subject the international significance of which is growing every year.’

And if that’s not proof that sometimes it’s worth kicking up a fuss, nothing is.

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