|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
On our four-year BA Art History (including foundation year), we work with you to improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
At Essex, you will acquire a broad foundation in the history of visual culture: both by learning about canonical forms of art and architecture and by discovering what has been overlooked or marginalised, such as medical photography, tattoos or objects from political protests. You will also develop the skills you need to make exciting new connections between the forms of visual culture you study, developments in other disciplines, and broader social and political forces.
You will develop the skills you need to transform your excitement about art, architecture and visual culture into the ability to uncover new insights about the material you study. You will also develop a solid grounding in the history of art and other forms of visual culture, including the ideas and forces that shaped their production, distribution and reception.
For students with a particular interest in pursuing careers in curating and museumship, we also provide modules every year that explore the histories, theories and practices of museums, exhibitions and galleries, as well as more nuts-and-bolts issues, such as installing and marketing artwork.
One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive. We are ranked 6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and you will be taught by our expert staff in your very first year, a rarity in UK art history courses.
Political and Social Theory From Plato to the Present Day
An Introduction to the History of the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century
Major Writers in English Literature
Western Philosophy: Fundamental Questions, Major Thinkers
Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
Art, Sex and Death
Space, Place and Locality
The Enlightenment (optional)
Picturing the City I (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
Art in Latin America (optional)
Collect, Curate, Display (optional)
Picturing the City II (optional)
Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas – Critique and Historiography in the History of Art
Art and Power (optional)
Study Trip Abroad (Year 2) (optional)
Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present (optional)
Photography in History (optional)
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
Study Trip Abroad (Final Year) (optional)
Art, the Law and the Market (optional)
Reworking the Past (optional)
Visualising Bodies (optional)
Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
Final Year Dissertation Project (optional)
Art & Ideas III
Some of the sectors with jobs well suited for our graduates include: museums and galleries, auction houses, education (e.g., in schools, universities and cultural institutions), marketing and advertising, and new media. Our degree also prepares students to run their own galleries, to work as specialist arts lawyers and PR agents, and for positions in charities, fashion and publishing.
To help our students acquire the particular skills they need to gain employment in the museum and gallery sector – arguably the single-most important area in which our students seek jobs – we offer several modules every year dedicated to the histories, theories and practices of museums, exhibitions and galleries. We also give our students the opportunity to think creatively and proactively about life after university in our curatorial employability module.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
National Portrait Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum
Sotheby’s New York
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.