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BAHistory and History of Art

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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If you want to understand the past to prepare for your future in a changing world, studying History is the way forward.

Studying History of Art alongside History is a highly complementary pairing, as you investigate past and present cultures – and the process of human creativity itself.

As a research-led University, this means you will be taught by world-renowned academic staff with excellence in teaching and research. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History 1st in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. You will have access to original works, special collections and extensive resources, such as our on-campus gallery – the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Here you will find works by such major artists as Bottecelli, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Monet, Degas, Vigée LeBrun and Rodin.

Programme structure

First year
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules (60 credits) in History and half in History of Art (60 credits).

History compulsory modules:

Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)
Choose one out of these two modules:

Discovering the Middle Ages
Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
Choose one of the following survey modules:

Living in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present (20 credits)
War and Society (20 credits)
United States History 1865-2000 (20 credits)
History Final Year Joint Honours module descriptions

History of Art: This is your foundation year and you will take two compulsory modules: ‘Historical Concepts in the History of Art’ and ‘Debates and Methods in the History of Art’ that will introduce the methods and concepts employed in the study of Art History. The optional modules provide an outline of selected key historical periods and themes in the history of art.

History of Art first year modules
Second year
The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study by allowing you to acquire greater depth by focusing a number of more specific subjects.

History compulsory modules:

Group Research (20 credits)
Option (20 credits)
Choose from one of the following:-

History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (20 credits) (please note that this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year)
Students may also be able to take the Professional Skills module (20 credits) (please note places on this module are limited)

History Second Year Joint Honours module descriptions

History of Art: If you are taking 80 or 60 credits of History of Art, you have two compulsory modules to take ‘Research Techniques in the History of Art’ and ‘Art History in the Field’ a European Study Trip funded by the University (recent destinations include Prague, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Bruges and Vienna). Your optional modules will allow you to acquire a greater depth of knowledge by focusing on a number of more specific subjects.

History of Art second year modules
Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
This year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner.

Career opportunities

Example roles:

Gallery Coordinator
Events Officer
Exhibitions Assistant
Learning and Access Officer
Programme Coordinator

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States