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BA Archaeology & History of Art

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  • Objectives
    A degree in Archaeology & History of Art at Reading will provide you with the analytical and descriptive skills to understand the meaning and significance of the visual arts from the prehistoric to the modern period, and to place art within its wider social and cultural context. The Archaeology element combines practical experience (as part of the Field School at the Roman town at Silchester and in the laboratory) with the academic study of prehistoric, Roman and medieval Europe. The programme provides a basis for interpreting primary and secondary sources, and understanding methods of analysis in both disciplines.
  • Entry requirements
    There are different entry qualifications for each programme. Some programmes require you to have a certain amount of knowledge in a subject before you begin the degree programme – this is called a ‘subject requirement’. Other programmes do not have any specific subject requirements. All programmes will, however, expect you to have reached a certain standard in your education and will ask you to achieve certain grades in your examinations. Most programmes have a standard offer so that you know in advance what you are likely to need. Please note that even if you have the minimum entry qualifications, you are not necessarily guaranteed a place on the degree programme.
  • Academic Title
    BA Archaeology & History of Art
  • Course description
    Year 1

    -Practising Archaeology

    -History of Art and Architecture Workshop

    -From Rome to Reformation

    -From Primates to Pyramids
    -Bones, Bodies and Burial
    -Analysing Museum Displays

    -Arts Histories: A Survey
    -Makers & Making: Artists, Architects & their Practices

    Year 2

    -Field School
    -Professional Careers

    -Study Trip abroad
    -Distance & Difference: Perspectives on Art

    -Archaeological Thought
    -Archaeological Science
    -The Middle Palaeolithic of Europe
    -Later Prehistoric Europe
    -First civilisations: complex societies in the Bronze Age east Mediterranean

    -Rome & the Mediterranean
    -Early Medieval Europe
    -Later Medieval Europe

    -Architecture & Visual Culture
    -Art & Power in Fifteenth-century Italy
    -Altars, Aristocrats & Guillotines
    -Heroes & Hero Worship
    -Modern Art & Architecture, & its Discontents
    -Greek & Roman Painting
    -Greek & Roman Sculpture
    -History of Graphic Communication
    -Theory of Typographic & Graphic Language

    Final Year


    -Burial Archaeology
    -Gender Archaeology
    -Museum Studies

    -Studies in the Lower Palaeolithic

    -Emergence of Civilisation in Mesopotamia
    -Ancient Aegean landscapes
    -British Prehistory
    -Roman Material CultureRoman Britain

    -Early Anglo-Saxon England
    -England in the Later Middle Ages

    -Brunellschi & Renaissance Architecture
    -Palladio: Architecture & Science
    -Italian Renaissance Portraiture
    -Tintoretto & Sixteenth-century Italian Art
    -Delacroix, Romanticism & French Nineteenth-century Painting
    -Goya: Reason & Superstition in the Spanish Enlightenment
    -Figuring the Female Body
    -Landscape Art in Britain & France: Place & Meaning
    -Art, War & Gender in the Twentieth-century
    -Bodies of Difference: Mapping Contemporary Art

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