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BAArt History and History

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £13,350.00 per year
Course code VV31
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Our course promotes awareness of the interactions and differences between history and the visual arts in history and investigates the ways in which the two disciplines can be integrated. ‘Histories’ are a challenge and we encourage you to look beyond superficial ideas which offer works of art as merely a way of documenting a kind of ‘truth’.

You can learn to understand the ways in which history, ideas and ideologies are manifested in images, and challenge the definitions and perceptions of what documentation and evidence might be. You study the disciplines of history and art history together in order to appreciate the relationships between them with a degree of critical awareness. In so doing, you are offered a unique approach to develop skills which are now vital in a society dominated by the visual image and visual forms of communication.

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with the majority of our research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

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.

Programme structure

Year 1

Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989 (optional)
The Enlightenment (optional)
Space, Place and Locality (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas – Critique and Historiography in the History of Art
Picturing the City I (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Supernatural and Natural Worlds in Early Modern Europe (optional)
Literature and the Condition of England (optional)
Collect, Curate, Display (optional)

Final year

Independent Research Project (optional)
Study Trip Abroad (Year 2) (optional)
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
Photography in History (optional)
Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
The Tudors and Stuarts on Film (optional)
Fictions of Empire (optional)

Career opportunities

Our graduates are ideally prepared for roles in the media, advertising, museums and galleries, education, publishing, charities, fashion and public relations as well as more specialised roles such as conservators, auctioneers, antiques specialists and arts lawyers.

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

Momart Ltd
National Portrait Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States