BA History of Art

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Study Art History at UEA and learn from world-leading art experts in a setting unlike any other in the country. Immerse yourself in great works of art and join a revolution in the way we think about art around the world.

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"The course leaders are passionate and helpful, and have so much wonderful knowledge to give."

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Jennifer Smith, BA History of Art with Museum and Gallery Studies

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"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 course is distinctive in its breadth of coverage of art as a global phenomenon. Through close engagement with artworks and small-group teaching from experts, you’ll gain a unique education in the forms and meanings of art across a range of periods and cultures. You'll have the opportunity to study the history of art and artefacts held within the internationally renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, itself a celebrated icon of modern museum architecture.

Overview

On this history of art degree you’ll learn about the most important periods in the history of European art whilst exploring the arts of other cultures, from prehistory to the present day, across Europe, the Americas, India, Africa and Asia. You’ll engage with artworks from pre-history right through to the present, and with a wide variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, photography and video art, architecture, and installation and performance art.

In your first year you’ll establish firm foundations for the study of works of art from a variety of traditions. In your second and third years, you’ll select from a range of optional modules focused on particular periods and addressing specific topics and themes in art history. These currently include the relationship between modern art and gender, contemporary art history, the rich culture of the Renaissance, the fascinating world of medieval life, indigenous art practices, and the politics of art in different historical contexts.

All this results in a history of art degree with incredible breadth and depth. As well as expanding and deepening your knowledge and understanding of art, you will cultivate key intellectual and professional skills including the visual analysis of images, critical thinking, and confident communication.

You’ll have the opportunity to study the world-famous collection of art held in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. That means you will have access to important artworks from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, and Europe. You will be able to study relevant objects at first-hand, while learning about the processes of collecting such objects in museums. You will also be taught by world-leading experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, who will encourage you to approach works of art from different perspectives.

The department of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA is a world-leading department. Our main areas of research are the history of art and architecture in Europe and North America, the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America, the archaeology and anthropology of art, and museum studies and cultural heritage.

We are part of a close network of internationally renowned centres for the study and display of art; the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Course Structure

Year 1

You’ll begin your degree by studying artists, artisans, and the processes of creating. You’ll engage directly with artworks first-hand in order to explore different techniques and visual effects, and deepen your appreciation of their functions and meanings. You’ll be introduced to art history as a discipline before exploring some of the most crucial topics in art history, beginning with the role of portraiture in shaping our identities. You’ll explore the collections of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and become familiar with how to critically engage with different kinds of art.

Year 2

You’ll be encouraged to think about the strange and varied ‘lives of objects’ as they move through different contexts and how art history interacts with anthropology and archeology. In your spring semester you’ll be invited to consider how your historical studies relate to contemporary debates about the status of art and the role of galleries and museums in the present. Alongside these lectures you’ll choose from a range of optional modules through which you’ll develop more specialist knowledge of particular problems and periods.

Year 3

In your final year of study you’ll take three optional modules which involve close engagement with advanced topics in art history. Currently our optional modules address topics such as public art and memory, modernism in India, medieval cartography, and the myths that surround the artist. You’ll also write a dissertation on a topic that has most sparked your interest, working closely with a supervisor to design your own research programme.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by leading scholars in the field of art history and will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips.

You’ll almost always be in a seminar group of no more than 18 students. This allows plenty of dialogue between tutors and students. Teaching methods vary but most sessions are organised around investigation of particular topics supported by close analysis of artworks and texts. As you progress through your course you’ll expand your knowledge, skills and understanding as you become familiar with different art practices and techniques and become accustomed to reading diverse historical sources and art historical and critical texts.

You’ll be asked to prepare material for classes. You’ll then often use that as a starting point for an essay. You’ll also be given the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of relevant presentation styles such as catalogue entries and exhibition reviews.

In lecture modules you’ll engage with a range of art-historical problems and methods. Your lectures will be delivered by members of staff from art history, anthropology and archaeology.

As you develop specialist knowledge in your final year you’ll also begin work on a dissertation. This will enable you to refine your understanding of a particular topic and develop the independent perspective crucial to practising art history beyond university.

Assessment

You won’t sit any formal examinations. Instead, you’ll be assessed on written coursework, usually in the form of essays. Our assessment methods have been developed to measure your skills, but also to aid your learning. For example, when you submit an essay you’ll receive feedback on a piece of related ‘formative’ work first. You’ll then have a chance to make revisions and improvements before handing in a ‘summative’ essay for assessment. This helps you identify and focus on areas for improvement.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

You’ll have the option to apply to study abroad for one semester of your second year. Study abroad is a wonderfully enriching life experience – you will develop confidence and resilience, while learning about another culture.

For further details, visit our Study Abroad section of our website.

After the course

You’ll graduate ready for a wide range of careers in the art world, the heritage industry, academia, art publishing, teaching, and business. You’ll be equipped with sought-after skills such as independent and critical thinking, time management, teamwork, organisational and research skills, public speaking and more. Your experience of studying in a world-famous art museum will give you an edge in the sector. You will also be well placed to study for a postgraduate degree either here at UEA or at another university. Our Careers Service is here to support you by advising with writing CVs and internships. In the department we work closely with the Careers Service to provide workshops and put on seminars by successful alumni.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have entered a number of fields, including:

  • Museums and art galleries
  • Commercial art galleries
  • Event management
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching/lecturing

Course related costs

There are some additional costs incurred by field trips, which are subsidised by the department. There are also additional costs for the optional trip to Venice in the second year.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

Landscape, Art and Culture

Most works of art - whether objects, buildings, or performances - are designed to serve a set of purposes. How their forms and functions relate may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Through a range of case studies, presented in lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies, you will examine the connections between the uses, meanings, and appearances of art, culture, space, and landscape. You will also consider how these connections may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact. The opportunity to analyse texts on your own and in discussion groups will help you understand different points of view and construct an argument supported by evidence.

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INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

This module introduces you to the study of art history. You will discover what makes art history distinct as an academic discipline. By learning about the themes art historians have explored over time, and some of the methods they use to study art, you will start to understand the subject better - and to appreciate how it fits into your degree. As a seminar, this module also gives you the chance to experience the small-group discussions that are central to our teaching.

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INTRODUCTION TO GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module will introduce you to some of the key concepts underpinning art galleries and museums. You'll learn about the history of museums and their impact on society. You'll consider how museums and galleries today use not only their displays but also a range of activities to attract, educate, and inspire visitors. By visiting museums and galleries in Norwich as part of this module - including the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - you'll gain a real-world perspective on museums today. You will also have a chance to study galleries and museums from around the world.

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LEARNING ON SITE: THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

In this module, you will discover the art and architecture that makes up our department's home in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Designed by Lord Norman Foster and opened in 1978, this building and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection have shaped the study of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA. Through readings, group discussions, and the close study of objects in the SCVA, you will be encouraged to challenge assumptions and preconceptions about different kinds of art - from around the world, and from prehistory to the 20th century. This module will also develop your abilities in library research and academic referencing.

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MAKERS AND MAKING

Making works of art - from objects to performances, bodies to buildings - involves a range of materials, activities and ideas. On this module, you'll learn about the physical and technical properties of different materials as well as their social, economic and symbolic significance. You'll hear from a range of experts in a series of lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies. You will gain a wider perspective on how people at different times, in different cultures, have designed, crafted and created works of art - challenging narrow ideas about what (and who) an artist is. You will also develop the skills you need to write effective essays at university.

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PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY

How do you represent a person? On this module, you will explore the genre of portraiture as it has been practiced by visual artists from the ancient world to the present day. You will develop the skill of visual analysis as you consider issues such as 'likeness'; the face; the self-portrait; portraiture as the embodiment of political, social and aesthetic power; the ways in which portraiture has variously reinforced and challenged concepts of class, race and gender; the photographic portrait, and the role of portraiture in contemporary art and culture. You will also continue to develop your writing skills, as we analyze works of art alongside histories and concepts of the individual self - perhaps the supreme artefact of all.

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Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Art is a resource which can be used both positively and critically to affect the contemporary world around us. It may be exploited, most obviously for its economic value, but also for broader social or political gain. You will explore these different uses of art by addressing the factors that condition our contemporary reception of art works and visual culture. You will begin by examining some of the key methodologies for interpreting art's contemporary functions, including its capacity to create contemporary identities and world-views. You will then turn to focus on the museum and gallery as spaces for these contemporary issues to emerge, before considering the same ideas at work in more quotidian ways. And, finally, you will conclude with a reflection on your own position as art historians, anthropologists, and archeologists working with art in the contemporary world.

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THE LIVES OF OBJECTS

Your main objective in this module will be to develop your critical skills as they pertain to thinking, reading, writing and looking. To enable this, the module will fall into two main sections. In the first section, you'll focus on one particular methodology - object biographies - used in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies and art history. You'll examine this methodology in detail, breaking it down into its component sections. You'll then consider its strengths and its weaknesses, as we subject it to a thorough critical evaluation. In the second half of the module, you will study a range of theories and methodologies used in the study of material culture. In this part of the module, you will focus more broadly on what critical thinking is, both in general and within each of the four disciplines taught in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies. You'll be taught through a combination of two weekly lectures and one discussion seminar. The lectures will offer you an introduction to the relevant topic, and will end with an opportunity to discuss/debate the issues raised. During the discussion seminars, you'll consider key issues raised in preceding lectures and the weekly class readings which accompany them.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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ACTION / ABSTRACTION:ART AFTER 1945

You will explore the rich history of art made after 1945, with a particular emphasis upon the problem of the relationship between the idea of art's autonomy and claims for its capacity to engage directly with social and political conditions. You will be introduced to key tendencies in art and a wide variety of artistic media made since 1945, with a (non-exclusive) focus upon Europe and North America.

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CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

You will examine how contemporary artists have explored the way in which contemporary galleries and museums function. Since the 1960s artists have adopted the museum as both subject and medium in their artworks. These seminars will examine how such projects impact on our idea of what galleries and museums are, how they operate, and what role they have in public life today. Throughout, key ideas regarding aesthetics, politics, memory, and audience participation will be approached by way of specific artworks and exhibitions. These sessions will be supplemented by workshops exploring art criticism, as well as a study trip to London.

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MEDIEVAL BODIES

Born, bathed, dressed, worshipped, sexed, cut, bruised, ripped, split, buried: the human body offer historians a gateway onto understanding the cultures of the past. On this course you will examine several groups of objects from the visual culture of medieval Europe and the Middle East through this contemporary theoretical lens, building up a body of medieval artistic practice piece by bodily piece, and examining how the techniques and society of the medieval craftsman at once idolised and distorted the medieval body's forms. In previous years this course has also featured a study trip to museums and galleries in London to meet with curators and handle objects.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ARCHAEOLOGIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Using a range of case studies from the Mediterranean World, this module introduces you to some of the most significant themes and debates in the archaeology of the Mediterranean and archaeology more generally. Case studies will be drawn from a range of time periods and will address 'the big themes' in archaeology, such as cultural transmission, cultural development, societal collapse, trade and exchange, conflict, migration, empire and expansion, the emergence of urban societies, climate and society and ritual and religion. Often more than one theme will be included in a case study and the aim will be to understand how they relate to each other. For example, how does conflict or climate change contribute to migration or societal collapse?

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INDIGENOUS ARTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

You will begin by analysing what is meant by Indigenous arts and peoples. In particular, we shall consider the link between the anthropology of art and Indigenous identity. The inter-disciplinary approach continues, by examining issues related to the interpretation of indigenous arts in wide-ranging geographic and cultural contexts from North America, to India and Australia. It then questions Indigenous peoples' engagement with notions of ethnicity and heritage, as well as the formation of an 'Indigenous media' through film-making.

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RENAISSANCE RECONSIDERED

Fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy was shaped by the growth of urban centres and the development of new political, social, and sacred institutions. New patrons and uses for artworks prompted a wealth of artistic activity that responded to and also forged contemporary values, beliefs and identities. Bankers, merchants, mercenaries, and religious institutions exploited the power of art and architecture to promote their professional interests, ambitions, and families. But was the Renaissance all that it seemed? We will reconsider some of the most famous (and infamous) artists and objects from renaissance Italy, questioning traditional assumptions about the nature and function of art during this period. Each week you will explore a selection of buildings, paintings, and sculpture alongside renaissance literature and modern theory, building a new and richer picture of this critical cultural moment.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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AMERICAN ART AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 1900-1950

On this module you will explore the relations between art and photography in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. The central debate in American modernism has concerned the role of the medium and considering photography in relation to the other visual arts permits a reassessment of this debate. Artists and photographers examined include Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, Diego Rivera and Walker Evans.

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ART AND MYTH IN INDIA

This module introduces students to the cultural heritage of India by establishing the links between the mythic narratives of the key religions, Buddhism and Hinduism, and their related artistic forms, sculpture, architecture and painting. The module traces the key debates on the emergence of the Buddhist emblems at the Sanchi stupa, a burial mound and site of pilgrimage in central India. Gaining familiarity with the core philosophical concepts of Hinduism, we will then assess how Hindu divinities become manifest through artistic practices and architectural forms, such as at the temple complexes of Elephanta and Khajuraho. The module will continue with debates on the mythology of the Devi (great goddess), and conclude with an analysis of anthropological and sociological approaches to the art and performative cultural traditions of rural and tribal communities in India.

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MATERIAL WORLDS

We live our lives surrounded by material objects. In many ways, our lives are dictated by the consumption of goods. How then, should we understand our relation to materiality? In this module, you'll learn about contemporary archaeological and anthropological perspectives in the study of material culture. Questions that come up include: why the Summer Solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge; how houses differ across cultures; why we give each other gifts and wrap them; and how clothing gives us identity? Studying human-object relations from a range of perspectives, this module equips you to understand the role of materiality in your life and to think in nuanced ways on our consumer society.

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART

The art of ancient Egypt has been admired (and vilified), collected, and used as a source of inspiration for centuries, from Mozart's Magic Flute to the Harlem Renaissance to the Arab Spring. You will explore a number of themes in ancient Egyptian art, including the role of artists in ancient Egypt; art and religious rituals, such as mummification; and the impact of Egyptian art in the the Enlightenment, the age of colonial and imperial expansion, and up to the present day. You will visit at least one museum collection of Egyptian art (which varies depending on museum programming), and you will be able to develop a topic of special interest to you for your written coursework.

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ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE

Positioned at the hub of trade routes which spanned out across the known world, the city of Venice was a major commercial and political power during the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods. It also grew to be one of Europe's most important centres of artistic production, with Venetian painters, sculptors, glassmakers, and architects channelling their city's diverse multiculturalism into a vast range of influential artworks. You will examine the development of art and architecture in the city from its earliest foundations through to the present day, tracing the aesthetic and urban history of what its inhabitants came to call 'La Serenissima,' the most serene city on earth. In previous years this module has featured a study trip to Venice.

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES PLACEMENT MODULE

This module will provide you with the opportunity to work within a creative/cultural/charity/ heritage/media or other appropriate organisation in order to apply the skills you are developing through your degree to the working world and to develop your knowledge of employment sectors within which you may wish to work in the future. The module emphasises industry experience, sector awareness and personal development through a structured reflective learning experience. Having sourced and secured your own placement (with support from Careers Central), you work within your host organisation undertaking tasks that will help you to gain a better understanding of professional practices within your chosen sector. Taught sessions enable you to acquire knowledge of both the industries in which you are placed as well as focusing on personal and professional development germane to the sector. Your assessment tasks will provide you with an opportunity to critically reflect on the creative and cultural sector in which you have worked as well as providing opportunities to undertake presentations, gather evidence, and articulate your newly acquired skills and experiences.

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PRE-RAPHAELITES TO POST-IMPRESSIONISTS: ART IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LONDON AND PARIS

Through this module, you'll gain a solid grounding in the history of nineteenth-century British and French art. You'll find out about art in Victorian London, from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Camden Town Group, alongside the history of painting in nineteenth-century Paris before, during and after Impressionism. You'll be introduced to the particular forms of modernity and artistic modernism that emerged in these two cities as well as the distinct ways in which they have been analysed by art historians. You will also learn how to evaluate, analyse and interpret the works of major nineteenth-century British and French painters yourself. Each week, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, presentations and class discussions. Arranged chronologically, the module will take you through the nineteenth century, one week in London, the next week in Paris. You'll compare the two cities' histories of painting, putting Millais alongside Courbet, Manet alongside Whistler, late Monet alongside Sickert. You'll find out about these artists' critics, their patrons, their artistic practices and their networks. You'll be introduced to the scholarship on this crucial period in the history of European art, as well as approaches to analysing nineteenth-century artworks. You'll also benefit from a field trip which will enable you to study nineteenth-century British and French paintings up close. Assessment is through two essays (100%). On successful completion of this module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to recognise and interpret a range of artworks produced by artists working in nineteenth-century London and Paris. You'll also gain a grounding in recent art-historical scholarship on nineteenth-century British and French art. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills, as well as your powers of visual analysis.

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Students must study the following modules for 30 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION

On this module you will undertake a research project on a topic related to your specialised interests, in consultation with an appropriate member of ART Faculty, leading to a 9,000 word dissertation.

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Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS PRACTICE

This module explores a variety of practical and conceptual considerations in Gallery and Museum Studies by focusing on specific aspects of these institutional structures: from building, housing and caring for collections, to curating shows and exhibitions, and producing texts and writing criticism. You will develop your engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show and the practical considerations involved in doing so. Finally we consider the role of interpretation and learning in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays. The module has previously involved a study trip to London or Cambridge.

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MAPPING WORLDS

Mapping helps us to conceive of abstract concepts in tangible visual form. Be it geographical notions of the globe and the heavens, or more complex outlines of the body, the mind, time, even history, a map helps to bound and give features to otherwise inexplicable space and knowledge. This course uses historical maps and modern theories of cartography as the jumping-off point for an in-depth investigation of the visual and imaginative cultures of Europe and the Middle East from the prehistoric and classical eras through to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In previous years this course has also featured a study trip to museums and galleries in London to meet with curators and handle objects.

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE: THE VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

On 16 October 1717, thirteen men and women (including a boy of 13) were sentenced to be dragged through London's streets and burnt to death. They were just the latest victims of Britain's consumer revolution to appear before the Old Bailey's judges for crimes of theft, in mass trials which were held throughout the year during the eighteenth century. The items they were accused of stealing - a silver spoon, a diamond ring, a dress, a pillowcase - are at once heartbreakingly small and historically significant as examples of the consumer objects which had started to come within reach of ordinary people. This module will explore the design, manufacture and consumption of these objects, as well as their meaning and appeal for eighteenth-century Britons. In this module, you'll learn about the visual and material culture of eighteenth-century Britain. You'll discover the ways in which an increasingly wide range of 'luxury' commodities - from portraits to pistols - were made, advertised and consumed. You'll find out about different artistic and craft processes, as well as the formal effects of novelty, fashion and market demand upon the making of consumer artefacts. You'll also learn how to evaluate, analyse and interpret these artefacts yourself. Each week, you'll learn about a different art form through a combination of lectures, presentations and class discussions. You'll find out about the production and use of fine art objects as well as the 'decorative arts' - including textiles, furniture, jewellery and porcelain - in eighteenth-century Britain. You'll be introduced to theories of luxury, consumption and commercial production, as well as the broader history of British culture during this period, helping you to understand the cultural meaning of these objects. You'll also benefit from field trips which will enable you to study eighteenth-century artefacts up close. You'll be assessed through two essays (100%). On successful completion of this module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to recognise and interpret a range of 'luxury' commodities produced for eighteenth-century British consumers. You'll also gain a grounding in the history of eighteenth-century British society and culture. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills, as well as your powers of visual analysis.

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PUBLIC ART, PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

Intense debates rage around monuments that represent historical figures as our most celebrated heroes. But why are our monuments epicentres of public debate and political contestation? This module examines how and why public art and performances commemorate historical events. To find answers to these questions, you'll study the monuments that remember the First World War, the Holocaust, the Slave Trade and Colonialism. But you will also be encouraged to ask how memorials makes us remember and, indeed, whether there are alternative ways of remembering. You'll study commemoration in spirit possession, pilgrimage, and popular music. Considering case studies from across the world, you will review the role of memory and commemoration in the constitution of our society. This module encourages you to consider why alternative forms of memory are required for a more just society.

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THE AFRICAN PAST: GLOBAL CROSSROADS AND EMPIRES

This module introduces the history and archaeology of Africa in the past 1500 years. It focuses on its art and artefacts, and explores case studies such as the medieval empires of the Sahel, the Indian Ocean trade in cowrie shells and beads, trans-Saharan caravans and the sumptuous graves of southern Africa, Libya and Congo. Through the discussion of Africa's past and its global links, we can reach a better understanding of the continent past and present. This helps us challenge the false (but popular) idea that African societies have remained static over centuries, and that the continent's role in world history was negligible - an idea underpinned by negative media coverage of Africa today. Archaeology, anthropology, history, and oral tradition all inform this module. And although our subject-matter is African, the questions raised apply much more widely.

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Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

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ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT IRAQ AND IRAN

Ancient Mesopotamia, what is now Iraq and parts of Iran, is recognisable today by two of its most impressive and powerful cultures, the Sumerians and the Assyrians. Situated between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers, Mesopotamia remained largely autonomous for nearly 3000 years, during which time its power and influence over neighbouring regions ebbed and waned. At the heart of Mesopotamian society was competence and skill in a broad range of arts and crafts, but it is most famous for being the world's first literate society. Along with writing, the glue of Mesopotamian society was cultic practice and religious belief, most visibly attested to in the art of temples and burials. At all periods art was fundamental to Mesopotamian culture; it coloured their rituals and beliefs, it was integral to their writing system, and was used in both politics and warfare. You will explore the significance of artistic practice in the development of Mesopotamian society.

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MAKERS' MYTHS: THE PERSONA OF THE ARTIST AFTER 1945

The figure of the artist has for centuries been the object of celebration, curiosity and myth-making. Since World War II powerful narratives have developed around some of the most prominent artists. You'll explore the construction of such "makers' myths" and ask: How is an artist's public persona constructed and what bearing does it have on the interpretation of specific artworks? What idea of art's social role do different personae imply? How do these roles relate to our idea of what art can or should contribute to the contemporary world?

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MODERNISM AND GENDER: FRANCE AND GERMANY 1900-1939

This module addresses modernism in the first part of the twentieth century. It explores the work of male and female artists and also considers how gender structures representation and art practice. The module provides an opportunity to reconsider key works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Suzanne Valadon, Hannah Hoch and Claude Cahun, amongst others.

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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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Highers AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Humanities & Social Sciences pathway preferred. Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM. Excludes BTEC Public Services and Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

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.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business and Economics
International Foundation in Humanities and Law

Interviews

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 admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

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

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515