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BAArt History and Modern Languages

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Our course allows you study the history and theory of art combined with French (post-A Level), German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese (post-A Level or ab initio), and includes the chance to spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner institutions, such as the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.

You receive a distinctive curriculum which covers the whole history of art, enabling you to choose from a variety of specialist options, while simultaneously becoming proficient in one or more languages. Engage with art works that range from Old Master paintings, through the Pre-Raphaelites and Surrealists, to the most up-to-date contemporary art and visual culture.

Modules explore a wide variety of media, including architecture, urbanism, photography and video, as well as painting, drawing, printmaking, performance art and sculpture. We have also embedded clear pathways to careers in curating and museumship throughout the course should you wish to take them, with modules in every year dedicated to the histories, theories and practices of museums, exhibitions and galleries. At the same time you can either begin the study of a language as complimentary to your course, or improve your current language skills.

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.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics is one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the Top 10 departments in the UK and among the Top 150 departments on the planet (QS World University Rankings).

Programme structure

Year 1

Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Advanced French (optional)
Art, Sex and Death (optional)
Space, Place and Locality (optional)
French Professional Skills (optional)

Year 2

Picturing Paris: The Capital of the Nineteenth Century (optional)
Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas – Critique and Historiography in the History of Art (optional)
Proficiency Level French (optional)
Art and Power (optional)
Photography in History (optional)
Reworking the Past (optional)
Visualising Bodies (optional)

Final year

Mastery Level French (optional)
French Cinema and Culture (optional)
Picturing the City I (optional)
Picturing the City II (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)

Career opportunities

Graduates from our BA Art History and Modern Languages are prepared for roles as curators, teachers, translators and journalists. Having strong language skills have enabled our graduates to work in diverse fields including banking, entertainment, media, education and tourism for UK and international companies.

Our recent graduates have gone onto work for a wide range of organisations including:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
National Portrait Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States