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Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art and History

UCAS Code: VV11

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

History of art

Modern history

The past, and the visual art it has bequeathed to us, continues to fascinate. This is richly evident in media productions, the thriving heritage sector, and record visitor numbers to galleries and museums. This wide-ranging BA in History of Art and History will take you from the ancient world through to the present day. You will explore social, cultural, intellectual and political histories, and develop your understanding of visual culture within those contexts. You will acquire the analytical skills and critical approaches that enable you to investigate both texts and images for yourself, and to develop your competence in visual perception and historical interpretation.If you have any questions about the programme please contact our Admissions Tutor, Dr Dorigen Caldwell.The Department of History of Art typically has some bursary funding available from its annual application to the Royal Female School of Art Foundation, which supports undergraduate students who are experiencing short-term financial hardship.Bursaries are available through the Murray Bequest to help students fund their place on the annual History of Art study trip abroad (this has been to Rome, Paris and Berlin in recent years) during the Easter break.

Modules

This BA programme is a modular degree, so you take a combination of compulsory and option modules. Each module is worth 30 credits and you take 12 modules over three years, to a total of 360 credits.

You take compulsory modules in both history and history of art, which provide you with key study and research skills in those disciplines, as well as expertise in historiography and theory.

Option modules allow you to select areas of specialism and to learn about certain topics and periods in depth.

In your final year, you will submit a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

In Year 1, you take three compulsory modules and choose one option module in history at Level 5.

In Year 2, you take one compulsory module, choose one compulsory research skills for dissertations module (in either history or history of art, depending on which subject you wish your dissertation to predominantly focus on), choose one option module in history of art at Level 5 and choose one option module in history at Level 6.

In Year 3, you choose two option modules in history of art at Level 6 and one option module in history at Level 6. You also choose to write either a history or a history of art dissertation.

Assessment methods

Our assessment methods are equally varied, ranging from essays and examinations to research portfolios and oral presentations, so as to develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills. The programme culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation on a chosen topic.

All our classes are held in the evening, to enable you to continue your career - or gain valuable intern or work experience - during the day.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

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History of art
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Modern history

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History of art

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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