BA History of Art (with a Year Abroad)

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Students work in unrivalled proximity to major, internationally-renowned works of art, by artists such as Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. Our students are able to study a wider range of artistic cultures, periods and forms than in any other art history department in the UK.

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Chris Dercon, director of Tate Modern, invited some of our 2nd year undergraduates to meet him in London to discuss his plans for the gallery and the future development of its collections. Dercon had previously met the students, who were all studying on our contemporary gallery and museum studies module at the time, in January after giving SIfA's 2015 Robert Sainsbury Lecture at the UEA.

"Being in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and witnessing first-hand the workings of a gallery has allowed me to better understand the dynamics of such spaces”

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Emily Lunn, BA History of Art Student

This exciting four-year version of our unique History of Art degree course allows you to spend your third year studying at a top university in the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

This degree course offers you an unusually broad education in the history of art. You will learn about the history of European and North American art and architecture, from classical antiquity, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and modern periods, right through to contemporary art, whilst also studying aspects of non-Western art, such as the arts of Indian, African, South American and Pacific cultures.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to engage closely with works of art and architecture in many historical and geographical contexts, and to think creatively about art’s meanings. You will also be encouraged to think about art as a transcultural and trans-historical phenomenon, connecting different periods and places.

Overview

This four-year programme combines our innovative History of Art degree with the opportunity to study at a university in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States during the third year. This offers exceptional flexibility and breadth of art-historical training since during your year abroad, you may also take any of the modules available to you at the host institution.

This degree course offers you an unusually broad education in the history of art. You will learn about the history of European and North American art and architecture, from classical antiquity, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and modern periods, right through to contemporary art, whilst also studying aspects of non-Western art, such as the arts of Indian, African, South American and Pacific cultures. You will therefore be encouraged to examine works of art and architecture in many historical and geographical contexts.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to engage closely with works of art and architecture in many historical and geographical contexts. You will be able to choose modules from the variety offered within Art History and World Art Studies.

In every module you will be taught to look closely at art and to think creatively and rigorously about its possible meanings. You will also be encouraged to think about art as a transcultural and trans-historical phenomenon, connecting different periods and different places.

Course Structure

You will study various core modules in the first and second years, developing your understanding of the history of art, related key terms, and current debates. These modules will also cover related disciplines such as archaeology and anthropology.

Much of your learning programme will be made up of optional modules which will enable you to explore both new and familiar areas of art history. This includes the study of medieval and Renaissance art, and twentieth-century modernism, as well as the arts of Asia, Africa, South America and the Pacific.

Year 1 
During the first year, your modules will introduce you to key themes and methods in both the history of art and the history of art collecting and display. You will also study the dynamic history of artistic techniques, materials and identities, as well as their significance within the history of portraiture as a cross-cultural practice from the Renaissance to the present day. All this is complemented by a module which encourages you to engage directly with artworks in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. 

Year 2
Core lecture modules in your second year develop your critical thinking skills by exploring different approaches to the analysis of artefacts and contemporary issues in the artworld. You will also select optional small-group seminar modules that will deepen your existing interests, or allow you to engage with cultures and art forms which may be new to you. 

Year 3 (Year Abroad)
The third year is spent at studying at one of our prestigious partner universities in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There, you will put together a programme of modules from the selection offered by the partner institute. The year abroad gives you the opportunity to engage with the artistic heritage and culture of the city in which you choose to study. See the “Year Abroad” tab for more details.

Final Year
Teaching in your final year is carried out entirely through optional small-group seminar modules, in which you will engage with advanced and in-depth study of particular cultures and art forms.
You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, supervised by a member of faculty within the Department. This will introduce you to the skills of academic enquiry, research and writing needed for postgraduate study.

Assessment

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including art historians, anthropologists and archaeologists. More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars.

Assessment is largely through module coursework (typically essays) and, in some cases, examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the advice of an academic supervisor in the Department. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in years two and three.

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Study Abroad

The Third Year of this course is spent at a university in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. During this period, students attend classes offered by the host institution. This provides the opportunity to engage with a new range of material and to experience new forms of teaching.

For more information on Study Abroad, please visit the Study Abroad website.

For Home/EU students opting for a Year Abroad the tuition fee is currently £1,350. The Year Abroad tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their Year Abroad, which will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Makers and Making (20 credits)
Form and Function (20 credits)
Learning on Site: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (20 credits)
Introduction to Art History (20 credits)
Introduction to Gallery and Museum Studies (20 credits)
Portraiture and Identity (20 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules (40 credits)

The Lives of Objects (20 credits)
Art in the Contemporary World (20 credits)

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Renaissance Reconsidered (20 credits)
The African Past: Global Crossroads and Empires (20 credits)

Options Range B

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Image, Word and Modernity in Britain, c.1800-1918 (20 credits)
American Art and American Photography 1900-1950 (20 credits)

Options Range C

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Indigenous Arts and Indigenous Peoples (20 credits)
Contemporary Gallery and Museum Studies (20 credits)

Options Range D

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Art and Architecture in Venice (20 credits)
20th Century Drawing: The Archaic Meets the Modern (20 credits)

Year 3

Year abroad

Year 4

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

Dissertation (30 credits)

Options Range A 

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Alternative Modernisms (30 credits)

Options Range B

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Makers Myths: The Persona of the Artist After 1946 (30 credits)
Turner: Art, The Artist and the Art World in Britain 1800-1850 (30 credits)

Options Range C

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Modernism and Gender: France and Germany 1900-1939 (30 credits)
Pre-Columbian Worlds – Arts Substances Senses (30 credits)

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (World Art Studies and Museology)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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