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BA French and History of Art

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  • Objectives
    Combining the study of French with the History of Art is an exciting choice that enables you to gain a thorough understanding of French language, society and culture and of the power and influence of images. Although most students have studied French to A level, there are also intensive language courses in the first year for intermediate students (with GCSE level) with special language tuition (year 1) and additional tuition (year 2) to help them bridge the gap. History of Art aims to develop advanced skills in analysing visual culture and embed the examination of the production and reception of art and architecture within different cultural and social contexts.
  • 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 French and History of Art
  • Course description
    This BA in French and History of Art involves the following modules.

    Year 1

    -French language
    -Contemporary France: history, politics, literature
    -French cinema: society, culture and history
    -History of Art and Architecture Workshop

    -Art's Histories: a survey
    -Makers and making: artist, architects and their practices

    Year 2

    -French language
    -Study Trip abroad
    -Distance and difference: perspectives on art, architecture and visual culture

    -Five wars and three republics: France 1870-1962
    -Translation
    -Introduction to the French novel (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
    -The Crusades
    -French cinema
    -Twentieth century drama
    -Art and power in fifteenth-century Italy
    -Altars, aristocrats and guillotines.
    -Aspects of Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classical art and architecture
    -Heroes and hero worship
    -Modern art and architecture, and its discontents

    Year 3

    Year Abroad:
    The choice of one of the following:
    - studying at a French University
    - working as a Teaching Assistant at a French school
    - on a work placement with a French firm

    Final Year

    -Advanced French language skills

    -French for Managers
    -French Cinema
    -Political leaders and groups in the French Revolution
    -Seventeenth-century Tragedy
    -Translation
    -The French Caribbean
    -Language, literature and identity
    -Samuel Beckett
    -France and Europe
    -Immortalising the body: images of chivalry and devotion
    -Brunelleschi and Renaissance architecture
    -Palladio: architecture and science
    -Italian Renaissance portraiture
    -Annibale Carracci and painting in Rome 1590-11623
    -Delacroix, Romanticism and French nineteenth-century painting
    -Goya: reason and superstition in the Spanish Enlightenment
    -Figuring the female body
    -Landscape art in Britain and France: place and meaning
    -Art, war and gender in the twentieth century
    -Bodies of difference: mapping contemporary art
    -Space and the place: architecture and the monument
    -Museum theory, history and ethics
    -Object analysis and museum interpretation

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