Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Art History
A level offer: ABB-AAC
Required subjects: including no more than two A levels from art and design, design and technology, drama and theatre studies, film studies, fine art, textiles and photography
IB score: 32
Available part time: yes
Course places: 42
Campus: University Park Campus
At the beginning of this course, you are required to take a year-long module that introduces you to issues and methods in art history. This module develops your understanding of the visual arts, their display, and their interpretation. All subsequent modules elaborate on the issues raised in this module. In the second year, you will undertake an International Study Module which involves a trip abroad to an arts centre in Europe, accompanied by tutors. In previous years, students have been to Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Rome.
Your modules might include: Introduction to Art History; The Courts of Northern Italy; Futurism; Photographing America; Renaissance Women; Installation Art; and Visualising the Body. You will also have the opportunity to take a range of fine art modules in photography and drawing.
Year one is a qualifying year, which means that you must pass it, but the results do not count towards your final degree. You gain familiarity with the practices of working at degree level, and gain an understanding of the different ways in which historical material can be used.
The second year of the degree (also referred to as Part I) is weighted at 40 per cent of the final assessment. You will demonstrate a greater assurance of working at degree level, and direct aspects of your study with some measure of independence. The programme includes a compulsory vacation study module which involves a study trip abroad to an arts centre in Europe accompanied by tutors. This trip is linked to the writing of an independent study project.
The final year of your degree (also referred to as Part II) is weighted at 60 per cent of the overall assessment. At the end of year three, you will be expected to demonstrate an efficient use of scholarly apparatus, to take initiative in your work and have some independence of judgment. You will have the option of taking a dissertation at either 20 or 40 credits, subject to approval by the department.
A levels: ABB-AAC, including no more than two A levels from art and design, design and technology, drama and theatre studies, film studies, fine art, textiles and photography
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson test 67 (minimum 67)
For details please see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Core year-one modules:
• Introduction to Art History I
• Introduction to Art History II
Typical year-one options:
• The Courts of Northern Italy
• Italian Art in the Age of Caravaggio
• Inventing French Art: from the Renaissance to Louis XIV
• Art and Power: Paris 1937
• Modernism and America
• Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp
Core year-two modules:
• International Study
Typical year-two options:
• Art and Reform in Renaissance Germany
• Spanish Art: The Age of Velazquez
• British Romantic Art
• Work and Play in Modern Art
• Installation Art
Typical year-three options:
• Images of the City: Renaissance Venice and its Visual Identity, c. 1450-1570
• From the Bastille to the Eiffel Tower: A Cultural and Architectural History of Paris 1789-1889
• Landscape in Britain since 1800
• European Avant-Garde Film
• Performance Art
• Photographing America
For a complete list of modules offered by the Department Art History please see the University module catalogue.
As a graduate, you will have an in-depth understanding of the subject, how various periods of art history have influenced or been influenced by other aspects of culture and society, and how the art of one nation impacts on that of another. You will be aware of issues surrounding the history of the production, reception and display of art, the development of key historical art movements, as well as knowledge of the writing of art history and art criticism. Your key transferable skills will include communication skills, and the ability to produce a logical argument through essays, research projects and the dissertation.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Art History was £17,250.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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