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BA (Hons) History of Art
BA (Hons) History of Art

BA (Hons) History of Art

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB

  • You do not need an A level in History of Art.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 80%

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points

  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction. We will also consider other qualifications from the University of the Arts London in different specialisms, at Level 3 or higher.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Our BA History of Art will give you three distinctive and complementary years of studying the history of art and architecture.

You'll start with a year-long introduction to the history of art and then build on this, in years two and three, with rounded training in the discipline and practice of art history. The interdisciplinary nature of art history allows you to develop your existing skills and interests and is reflected in our close relationship with other departments and centres in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

We'll introduce you to an extraordinary variety of art and architecture from many areas, including Europe and America, but also covering the Middle East, North Africa, and East and South Asia. You can also study an exciting range of time periods, from the late antique to the contemporary.

History of Art is a traditional humanities subject with a strong vocational element, allowing you to develop valuable transferable skills. We have partnerships with the Tate, the National Gallery, the V&A and York Museums Trust. We also work on art beyond the museum and gallery system, including with partners in country houses, maritime museums, and churches. These partnerships contribute to the teaching and research in our department and you'll benefit from our collaborative links with these institutions.

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Year 1

Your first year introduces you to the fundamental concepts and skills you'll need as an art historian.

Core modules 

You will take core modules, examples of which may include:

  • The Materials of Art and Architecture 

  • Objects in Focus 

  • Critical readings in the History of Art

  • Theory for Art Historians

  • Transmissions and Connections

Option modules

You will also choose one of these modules to support your studies.

  • The Art of Describing 

  • Learn a language. You can chose from specialist art history language courses or more general language skills.

Year 2

In your second year you'll be able to start exploring your own interests from a wide variety of time periods, contexts and media. You'll spend time on a dissertation training module: building the skills you'll need when you embark on your dissertation in the third year. You'll develop your ability to work independently and design imaginative research strategies. You'll learn to how to devise a topic for your dissertation and gain crucial insight into conducting academic research.

Core modules

You will take core modules, examples of which may include:

  • Museology and Curatorship 

  • Dissertation training 

Intermediate seminar modules

You'll choose modules from a wide range, with the opportunity to cover a number of different time periods and types of art. 

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Action/Re-action: Live Art, Performance & Participation

  • Art in the USA 1945-1975 

  • Art in Venice from Bellini to Titian 

  • Image and Icon: Representing the Sacred in the Early Medieval World

  • Journeys, Histories & Methods of Display

  • Seeing & Being Seen: English Art in the 14th Century

  • The English Country House, 1550–1900

  • The Power of the Real in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Painting and Sculpture 

  • The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800 

Year 3

In your third year, you'll focus on special subject modules and your dissertation. 

Special subject modules

You will take a selection of special subject modules, examples of which may include:

  • Architecture and Politics in Stuart England c.1603-1688

  • Art Law for Art Historians

  • Illuminating the Bible 1200-1500 

  • Interwoven: fashion and clothing culture in Art History 

  • Journeys, Histories, and Methods of Display

  • Monuments of the Islamic World: Innovation and Change From Spain to India

  • Stained Glass in the Great Church c.1170-1350

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Academic careers

  • Antiques Dealer

  • Archivist

  • Art Consultant

  • Art practitioner

  • Broadcaster,

  • Charity Fundraiser

  • Conservation Officer

  • Curator

  • Editor

  • Freelance writer

  • Gallery Director

  • Learning Officer

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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