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BA History of Art

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  • Objectives
    The first year is designed as an introductory year. You will take two survey courses: together, these will give you an overview of Western Art and the ways in which it is studied today, preparing you for the more focused teaching later in the degree. For your third module in the first year, you will choose from a set of optional courses which address particular genres of artwork across chronological boundaries, for example landscape painting, portraiture, sacred art, sculpture, print media, or architecture and cities. For your fourth module, you may choose Italian for Art Historians (intended for those who wish to go to Venice in the third year) or further optional courses.
  • Entry requirements
    General university admissions requirements All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in English Language and in Mathematics or a Science. A pass at Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, fulfils this requirement. For some courses, requirements are above this University minimum, so you should check the relevant course-specific entry requirements in our hard copy prospectus which you can order online or browse on our online directory. We usually ask for candidates to show a broad base of study at GCSE level (or equivalent) with passes in at least five subjects from a range of disciplines.
  • Academic Title
    BA History of Art
  • Course description
    BA History of Art


    Year One

    -Survey Course: Classicism and the Arts of Christianity
    -Survey Course: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity
    -Italian for Art Historians or two further options from the Module 3 list.

    Year Two

    -The Methods of Art History
    -Italian for Art Historians or, for those who opt not to go to Venice

    Year Three

    -Art in Venice and Northern Italy, 1100-1600, taught in Venice in the autumn term, or, for those who opt not to go to Venice
    -Dissertation (8,000 words)

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