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BAHistory of Art

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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History of Art is a way of unlocking the past through material culture and understanding the process of human creativity itself.

Discover art and visual culture through a broad range of perspectives, such as social history, global art, philosophy, anthropology, feminism and religion. You will have access to original works, a dedicated fine art library and collection of resources in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, our public gallery on-campus. Here you will find works by Botticelli, Turner, Van Gogh, Gainsborough, Monet, Magritte, Degas, Gwen John, Vigée LeBrun and Rodin.

History of Art at Birmingham is ranked in the Top 10 in the Complete University Guide 2019. Furthermore, students on this programme rate it extremely highly, giving the programme an overall satisfaction rating of 100% in the National Student Survey 2018.

Programme structure

First year
This is your foundation year and your compulsory modules will introduce you to concepts, categories and approaches to studying art and artists, as well as the techniques and materials used in the production of artworks. Other modules will give you an outline of selected key historical periods and themes in the history of art, such as the Renaissance and Modernism.

Lectures and seminars are supported with study trips to galleries and current exhibitions in a variety of cities. You will also take a module in a subject outside of the discipline which will allow you to explore another subject.

First year modules include:

Historical Concepts in the History of Art
Debates and Methods in the History of Art
Object and Medium 1: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculptures
Object and Medium 2: Photography, Film, Performance and Installation
Widening Horizons Module – You will take a module in another subject in the University to complement your studies and expand your academic horizons.
Detailed descriptions of first year modules
Second year
You will go on a compulsory, university-funded study trip to a major artistic and cultural city, such as Berlin, Paris or Venice, where you will have the chance to access works of art and architecture unavailable in Britain to study them in situ. You are prepared for this module, and for your dissertation, though another compulsory module, Research Techniques in the History of Art.

You also choose from a number of optional second year modules on themes or periods in the history of art, allowing you to acquire a greater depth of knowledge by focusing on a number of more specific subjects. In addition, you have the opportunity to spend one semester in your second year studying abroad at a foreign university.

Final year
In your final year, you will study four special subject modules in depth and in detail and undertake a compulsory dissertation that also gives you the chance to develop your research skills. You may opt to study a module in another discipline.

Example optional modules may include:

Women and Artistic Culture 1400-1600
Paris Moderne 1850-1930: Image, Concept, Femininity
Prague, Budapest, Cracow: Art and the Politics of Identity in Central Europe, 1867-1918
Fashioning Flesh and Technology: Modernism and the Body in Germany 1918-1933
Architecture and Decoration in Sixteenth-Century Venice
The Pre-Raphaelites: Contexts, Approaches and Reputations
Inside Out: Interior and Interiority in French Art, Design and Visual Culture 1850-1940
Berlin: Symphony of a (Great) City?
Turning the Pages: Manuscript and Print, Past and Present
Beauty, Goodness and Truth: Topics in the Philosophy of Art
Sculptural Experiments in Britain 1837-1091
Detailed descriptions of final year modules

Career opportunities

Examples of graduate jobs include Archivist, Curator, Gallery Coordinator, Events Officer, Exhibitions Assistant, Learning and Access Officer, Programme Coordinator, and Researcher.

Other History of Art graduates choose to forge a career outside the Arts sector. Recent graduates have obtained graduate positions in sectors such as teaching, media, law, sales, local/central government, management, accounting, horse-racing, real estate, and business.

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