|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 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.
Our distinctive curriculum allows you to take advantage of the most up-to-date developments in the field, and to understand the interactions and differences between literature and the visual arts in history.
You have the opportunity to:
- Study the relationship between text and image and the relationships that exist between the two
- Develop your interests and explore a variety of interpretative methods which are appropriate to both the text and to the visual artefact
Literature is introduced in your first year through a series of seminal works in drama, poetry and narrative which have helped to articulate the literature of England and Europe both past and present. By adopting and practising close reading skills you develop your abilities in analysis and interpretation, and grow in confidence from the beginning of your undergraduate study.
Similarly in your art history modules you cover a broad history from your first year of study and can choose from a variety of specialist options to suit your own interests. 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.
Your modules explore a wide variety of media, including architecture, urbanism, photography and video, as well as painting, drawing, printmaking, performance art and sculpture. This understanding of visual history allows you to complement and enhance your exploration of different textual sources, from the earliest modern works to the literature and theory of the present day, in a variety of contexts.
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.
We are ranked Top 20 in the UK for literature (Guardian University Guide 2015).
Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
Literature: Origins and Transformations
Art, Sex and Death (optional)
The Enlightenment (optional)
Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas – Critique and Historiography in the History of Art
Early Modern Literature
United States Literature Since 1850 (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
Picturing the City I (optional)
Picturing the City II (optional)
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
Hollywood Directors (optional)
Arthurian Literature (optional)
Study Trip Abroad (Final Year) (optional)
Visualising Bodies (optional)
The Story and Myth of the West (optional)
Dreaming and Writing (optional)
The number of careers that lead from courses in literature is almost as large as the number of graduates, but two particular areas in which our graduates have had recent success are publishing and the theatre. One of our former students is now in charge of editorial at a large publishing house, and another has just taken over running one of the country’s major theatres.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of desirable roles including:
The Civil Service
Journalism and broadcasting
Museum and library work
Commerce and finance
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.