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University of Leicester

History of Art

UCAS Code: V308

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

D:24

Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

Accepted in place of a third A-Level at grade B or above.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

History of art

If you are enthused by painting, sculpture, and architecture, this course lets you learn more about the context and theory behind them.

Our History of Art BA will develop your appreciation for art by revealing the details of its history and placing it in its historical context. You will explore art as a reflection of its historical context – a window into the past.

Experience is as much a part of this course as academic discussion. You will have the opportunity to travel to Italy for three weeks over the Easter vacation in year two. This fully subsidized trip to Rome, Siena, and Florence will allow you to get up close to many of the greatest masterpieces of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture ranging in date from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century.

Employability is embedded into our course: you will gain hands-on experience in programming and promoting a ‘film and art’ event, and will graduate will real-world skills as well as academic knowledge. Our graduates have gone onto enjoy careers with organisations such as the Tate gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and auction houses such as Christie's and Phillips.

You will learn about the changing modes of art that have developed since classical antiquity and the various artists, sculptors and architects that have pioneered change in their fields. You will also develop your ability to discuss and critique art in a professional manner that takes into account the essential texts surrounding the history of art.

You will gain an excellent ‘object-based’ understanding of how to interpret and decode visual imagery, iconography and styles. You will critically examine and debate key themes and study areas such as:

The role of art in society
The effect of art upon human emotion, psychology and behaviour
The relationship between the written word and the visual image
The desire for artists to innovate and be new, versus the pull of tradition and precedent
The nature of creativity and the notion of artistic 'genius'

Modules

In first year, you will be introduced to the history of art, including painting, sculpture and architecture, from classical antiquity through to the present day. You will also learn how to visually analyse and decode the style and iconography of paintings, and experience the many vocational applications of this degree, for example in exhibition curatorship. In second year, you will study Renaissance art, sculpture and architecture as preparation for your study tour to Italy over the Easter vacation, which will be one of the highlights of the course. You will also study and explore the complex interplay of traditional values with more ‘progressive’ social forces and artistic ideals. As well as looking at classic 19th and 20th century movements, such as Impressionism and Surrealism, you will also have the opportunity to study the history of heritage preservationist movements in the arts and in museology. For third year, you can spend it studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester; please see our website for further details. In final year, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, supported through lectures, presentations and one-to-one tutorials with your supervisor. You will also explore philosophical aesthetics and art psychology as well as a biographical study offering a sustained, in-depth look into the life, work and legacy of a single Renaissance artist where the myth frequently obscures the reality, such as Leonardo or Michelangelo. Finally, you will be able to choose an option module which reflects the current research interests of members of academic staff, in which you will investigate a single research-intensive topic. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, exams, reviews, and projects.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

History of Art and Film

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
History of art

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History of art

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History of art

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
50%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a category for graduates taking a wide range of courses that don’t fall neatly into a subject group, so be aware that the stats you see here may not be a very accurate guide to the outcomes for the specific course you’re interested in. Management, finance, marketing, education and jobs in the arts are some of the typical jobs for these graduates, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History of art

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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