BA Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History with a Year Abroad


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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(2017 Guardian University Guide)

“My main reason for choosing to study at UEA was the unique programme which allows me to gain in-depth knowledge about art whilst leaving me the freedom to specialise in areas I am particularly interested in”

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Julia Brennecke, BA Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History

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

Engage with a wide range of artefacts, from the prehistoric to the present day. Learn about visual and material cultures from around the world, and the ways in which archaeology, anthropology and art history can help us to understand them. Study the art and material culture of the Ancient Near-East, Ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian America as well as contemporary African, South-Asian, Pacific and South American societies. Explore the history of European and North American art too.

You will have many opportunities to study material first-hand, in the world-renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (where you will be based), and on trips in the UK and overseas including excavations and projects which will enable you to develop practical skills of archaeological and anthropological fieldwork.


This four-year version of our innovative degree in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History includes a year abroad at a university in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. This dynamic degree course examines the ways in which archaeology, anthropology and art history complement each other, especially in relation to visual and material cultures from around the world. It allows you to engage with a wide range of material, from the prehistoric through to the present day, and also equips you to study diverse cultures and societies.

Throughout your degree you will be encouraged to explore a wide range of cultures and to consider art as a cross-cultural practice. This course will familiarise you with the varied yet related ways in which human creativity has been approached by art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists. The degree programme incorporates study of the visual and material cultures of all continents. You are able to study the art and archaeology of the Ancient Near-East, Ancient Egypt, pre-Columbian America, Japan, as well as the art and material culture of contemporary African, South-Asian, Pacific, and South American societies.

The course also allows you to develop your practical skills of archaeological and anthropological fieldwork through participation in excavations and projects, in the UK and overseas (most recently, Cyprus, Cordoba and Peru).

You will have many opportunities to study works of art and artefacts first-hand; we are extremely fortunate to be housed in the world renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts based on the UEA campus. It houses a world-famous collection of artworks from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas, as well as Europe enabling you to learn about the processes of collecting which have led such objects to enter museums.

A great deal of the collection derives from the Pacific and the American Northwest Coast, so the opportunity to study in these parts of the world will complement and enhance your studies at UEA.

Course Structure

Your degree programme may contain compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.

The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits. 


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.

In most subject areas, you will be assessed at the end of each year on the basis of coursework and, in some cases, project and examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors- there is no final examination. 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 either 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 methods 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 and will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Form and Function (20 credits)
Learning on Site: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (20 credits)
Introduction to Archaeology (20 credits)
Introduction to Anthropology (20 credits)
Portraiture and Identity (20 credits)
Introduction to Art History (20 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules (80 credits)

The Lives of Objects (20 credits)
Art in the Contemporary World (20 credits)
Material Worlds (20 credits)
Archaeologies of the Mediterranean 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:

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


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

  • A Level AAB
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

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.


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.


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

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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