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BAArt History / French

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
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Course fees may be subject to change Non-EU: GBP 13000-14500

Course code RVC3
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Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of Joint Honours schemes that allow you to study two subjects that best suit your interests and requirements. As a student of the BA French and Art History program you will gain a sound knowledge of each subject. The degree is a four-year scheme.

France is one of Britain’s main economic partners and is Europe’s foremost investor abroad. Language skills are vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and languages graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in at least one foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.

On this scheme, a half of your time will be spent in the School of Art where you have the rare opportunity to combine the historical and curatorial study of art as a professional, practical and intellectual pursuit, one that requires the disciplined acquisition of an historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary awareness of art. All our staff members are active in Fine Art or Art Historical research; their experience as exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practicing curators actively informs the teaching at Aberystwyth. We offer you a training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory. Core Art History modules that cover a period from the Renaissance to present day provide a general survey of Art History, while optional specialised modules offer in-depth study of specific subjects. Further vocation-oriented modules are dedicated to the historical study of particular Fine Art mediums, exhibition curation, artefact interpretation, and the management of art. You will additionally benefit from access to the School’s Museum and its internationally renowned collection of artworks.
As versatile and articulate graduates with a command of the French language, you will be able to pursue careers as art historians, educators and curators, or continue to postgraduate studies. Our degree scheme is particularly appropriate for considering work in museums, private galleries and auction houses, in public art organisations, or in art gallery administration.

As an Aberystwyth graduate you will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

Career opportunities

Your BA in French and Art History opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the European Languages Department is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

Mindful of the career prospects of its graduates, the School of Art maintains a close relationship with the University Careers Service. Throughout the three years of the degree scheme, it advises and encourages you in your career options and identifies viable, practical skills to ensure that you are well prepared for the job market.
Meanwhile, the School of Art offers you vocation-oriented, hands-on Art History modules that have been designed to enhance your employability. At the School, students also benefit from visiting art historians, artists and curators, from guidance in CV writing, preparing for interviews, and from the numerous volunteer employment opportunities that we organise. Our graduates enter high-profile careers in a variety of subjects both within and outside the arts, craft and design. Recent School of Art graduates have moved on to become secondary school teachers, higher education lecturers, art gallery managers and curators, children’s book illustrators, photographers and graphic designers, art directors in publishing, medical illustrators and employees with the Design Council, Arts Council, Tate Gallery, Royal Academy, Carlton Television, The Observer, Saachi Gallery, Damien Hirst, BBC, and the Universities of St Andrews, Lancaster, Leeds, Brighton, Kingston and Oxford.

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

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