BA History of Art (with a Foundation Year)


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Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts



UCAS Course Code
V35F
A-Level typical
CCC (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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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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"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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Key facts

(2017 Guardian University Guide)

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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

The foundation year will introduce you to a wide range of theories and ideas from across the Humanities and equip you with the skills you will need to progress on to the History of Art programme.

Taught by dedicated lecturers from the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, the Foundation Year offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of academic subjects including literature, history, philosophy, film, television, and Media, American Studies, Politics and the History of Art. As well as providing students with a sound theoretical basis for their continuing studies, this approach allows students to discover previously unknown areas of study, and encourages them to develop their own scholarly interests and ideas.

The Foundation Year also places a strong emphasis on the development of essential study skills and we work closely with each individual to identify and work towards their own individual learning goals.

Overview

Our innovative BA History of Art (with Foundation year) gives students the opportunity to progress on to the three year History of Art programme following successful completion of a Foundation Year.       

What is the Foundation Year?

Our Foundation Year is a one-year introduction designed to equip you for undergraduate study.

It is an intensive period of study which offers an average of 18 hours per week of guided learning to help you develop a variety of key study skills which will enable you to excel as an Undergraduate.

Over the course of the year you will be introduced to a wide range of academic subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, film, television and media, American studies, politics and the history of art. You will gain essential knowledge of many of the concepts, methods and techniques you will need in order to carry out successful study in the rest of the degree programme. You will also benefit from smaller class sizes and individual tutorials which will help you to get the most out of the programme.

Is it the right course for me?

Have you thought about going to university before, but something got in the way? This is our way of helping you to get on the right track to start your career in higher education.

We recognise that our BA programmes demand high entry standards, but we also appreciate that not everyone is going to be able to achieve these at A-level, so the Foundation Year offers an opportunity to work with us for a year, majoring in the subject you would like to do at degree level, with the chance to work on your study skills to get you to the level required. It is an intensive teaching and learning experience staffed by dedicated lecturers and taught in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities’ building, and we aim to make sure that all our students reach the position where they will be able to get onto their chosen degree programme at UEA.

Assessment

During the Foundation Year will be assessed in a variety of ways which will allow you to exercise different learning styles and familiarise you with the format and expectations of assessment in Higher Education. There will be a strong emphasis on formative assessment with feedback on drafts of written work and group tutorials which will help you to clearly see how you can improve and develop, enabling you to learn from your peers as well as teaching staff. This in turn will help you to build confidence in your abilities and become a more independent learner.

Your progress will be monitored through individual tutorials to ensure that you are happy on the course and achieving your full potential.

After the Foundation Year

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will lead you through onto the first year of the BA History of Art degree.

During your Foundation Year there is the option to switch between degree programmes with the approval of the Course Director.

Explore you options, look at our courses, and decide where you want your degree to take you.

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Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

HUMANITIES: TECHNIQUES AND METHODS

This module provides students with an intensive induction to higher education equipping them with the basic skills they will need to reach their full potential on their degree programme. Weekly seminars and study groups will help students to develop skills in areas such as research, essay writing, giving presentations, teamwork, time-management, revision and exam techniques. This module also helps students to create an individual learning plan which assesses their strengths and weaknesses and enables them to track their development over the course of the module and beyond.

HUM-3006A

20

HUMANITIES: THE KEY CONCEPTS

This interdisciplinary module will give students a broad but detailed overview of some of the key themes and ideas within the Humanities and introduce them to a variety of critical perspectives. Weekly seminars cover topics such as ideology and myth, representation and reality, psychoanalysis, feminism, otherness, power and society, trauma and testimony. By studying key texts and theories students will explore how and why certain themes have become so prominent within the Humanities and they will begin to develop the requisite understanding and analytical skills to identify them at work in their future studies.

HUM-3005Y

40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be enrolled onto HUM-3007A: Creative Industries as a default. If you wish to replace this module with a language, please choose one from the list below.

Name Code Credits

BEGINNERS' ARABIC I

This course is a pre-requisite to the study of Arabic language. Its aim is the mastery of the alphabet: the script, the sounds of the letters, and their combination into words. Also, it introduces basic Arabic phrases and vocabulary to help you have introductory conversations. The student will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Some aspects of the Arab world and culture(s) are covered. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4029A

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE I

This module aims to introduce Standard Chinese (Mandarin) to learners with no (or very little) experience with the language and to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module. Teaching will include pronunciation, vocabulary and basic grammar of Mandarin. Word processing and cultural topics will also be covered in class. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4034A

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of French (if you have a recent French GCSE grade C or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you - please contact the module organiser as soon as possible to be sure). The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The aim is to equip them with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module, at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4013A

20

BEGINNERS' GERMAN I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of German. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where German is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4018A

20

BEGINNERS' GREEK I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Greek. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Greek is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4036A

20

BEGINNERS' ITALIAN I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Italian. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Italian is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4038A

20

BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Japanese. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Japanese is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4040A

20

BEGINNERS' RUSSIAN I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Russian. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Russian is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled (A1 CEFR or equivalent) may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4043A

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Spanish. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. This module is NOT open to students who have GCSE Spanish (or GCSE equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4022A

20

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

The term 'Creative Industries' encompasses a range of disciplines taught in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA, including film and television, media and creative writing. This module offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of these industries that many may wish to work in. With a particular focus on employability, the module has been designed to allow for a critical exploration of a range of creative subjects (television, film, media, music, publishing - fiction and non-fiction, newspapers, magazines - among others). The module aims to empower students to engage effectively with a competitive Creative Industry environment and economy and acquire knowledge and a range of analytical skills across this range of disciplines.

HUM-3007A

20

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I

This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who have enough pre-A-Level experience of French and wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level / Baccalaureate / B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The module is made up of four elements: Listening Comprehension, Writing, Translation and Grammar. While the emphasis is on comprehension, the speaking and writing of French are also included. The module is NOT available to students with AS or A-Level French /Baccalaureate / Level B1 in the CEFR. This module can be taken in any year. (Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers.) Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5150A

20

INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I

An intermediate course in German for those students who have taken Beginners' German I and II or who have a GCSE or an AS level grade D (or below, or equivalent to A2 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) in the language. This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5151A

20

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I

An intermediate course in Spanish for those students who have taken Beginners' Spanish I and II or who have a GCSE in the language (or A2 CEFR or international equivalent). This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Students will attend a seminar and a one hour oral. This module is NOT open to students who have AS-level or A level Spanish (or AS-level or A level equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5152A

20

INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE I

A beginners' course in British Sign Language assuming no prior, or minimal knowledge of the language. It is designed to provide students with basic training in communication with deaf people and an awareness of life and culture in the deaf world. Teaching and learning strategies include the use of signed conversation, role play, games and exercises to embed vocabulary and principles unique to a visual language. Assessment is based on a Sign Language conversation and one written assessment. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4031A

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Students can only take part II of a language module if they have taken the first part of the module in the Autumn semester.

Name Code Credits

BEGINNERS' ARABIC II/IMPROVERS

This is the second part of a beginners' course in Arabic following on from Beginners' Arabic I (PPLB4029A). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. Alternative slots may be available, depending on student numbers. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4030B

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Chinese. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4035B

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH II

A continuation of the beginners' course in French (Beginners' French I). This module can be taken in any year, but not by final-year language and communication students. (If you have a recent French GCSE grade B or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you - please contact the module organiser as soon as possible to be sure). The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The aim is to equip them with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4014B

20

BEGINNERS' GERMAN II

A continuation of the beginners' course in German (PPLB4018A). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. This module cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4019B

20

BEGINNERS' GREEK II

A continuation of Beginners' Greek I. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4037B

20

BEGINNERS' ITALIAN II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Italian. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or completed A1 level from CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4039B

20

BEGINNERS' JAPANESE II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Japanese (Autumn or Spring). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4041B

20

BEGINNERS' RUSSIAN II

A continuation of Beginners' Russian I. Students with a GCSE or A Level in Russian (or equivalent to A2 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) may join this module. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4044B

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Spanish (Autumn or Spring). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4023B

20

HISTORY AND SOCIETY

The module takes as its theme the development of nineteenth century Britain. We will look at the development of many key areas such as education, poverty and health and the realities of rural society. In particular, the role that faith has played in their development, either as experienced by individuals or the church as a concept. We will also consider how the media, through documentaries, costume drama and celebrity shows, present this period. The aim is to give you an insight into the importance and nature of Christian belief in rural England, and to aid an understanding of the place it played in pre-modern societies, using England as our focus.

HUM-3001B

20

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II

This is a continuation of PPLB5150A (Intermediate French I). This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level / Baccalaureate / B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The module is made up of four elements: Listening Comprehension, Translation, Writing and Grammar. This module can be taken in any year. (Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers.) Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. The module is NOT AVAILABLE to students with AS or A-Level / Baccalaureate / Level B1 in the CEFR. Students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5032B

20

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

A continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Alternative slots available depending on student numbers. This module is NOT open to students who have A-level Spanish (or A-level equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5034B

20

INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE II

A continuation of Introduction to British Sign Language I and Introduction to British Sign Language I (Spring Start). Teaching and learning strategies continue with the use of signed conversation, role play, games and exercises to embed vocabulary and principles unique to a visual language. It is designed to provide students with a follow-on in their understanding and awareness of life, culture and use of equipment in the Deaf World. Assessment is based on a Sign Language conversation and one written assessment. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4032B

20

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL CULTURES

This module offers a foundation-level introduction to the field of Visual Cultures, and the diverse ways in which images have communicated meaning across different societies, time periods and cultures. It provides students with a grounding in how to study and analyse a wide range of art, media and design, including painting, artefacts and antiquities, photography, film, television, advertising and online digital media. The module's teaching and learning will be carried out through two different teaching formats: weekly 1 hour lecture which provides a detailed examination of an aspect of that week's topic. Weekly 3 hour seminar which provides an opportunity for students to discuss theoretical concepts and visual examples in depth.

HUM-3003B

20

LITERATURE AND THE HUMANITIES

This interdisciplinary module introduces a wide range of narratives in a variety of formats, asking you to consider questions such as: What is literature? How is literature influenced by its historical and cultural contexts? How can the humanities help us to make sense of literary texts? Over the course of the module, you will be introduced to key themes in literary studies, as well as examining the value of reading texts in their interdisciplinary contexts. You will develop your ability to analyse texts, engage with historical and cultural contexts, and develop your own critical arguments.

HUM-3004B

20

MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES

No previous experience of media production or any technical experience is required to take this module. The module will provide an introduction to the various media - related technologies. There will be both practical and taught sessions and opportunities for extracurricular activities. No previous film making, musical or programming experience will be necessary to complete the module, which will cover: The use of technology in media production and distribution#Social media, the Internet and its relationship to media#Critical listening and viewing and an introduction to the analysis of film music from a technological perspective#Debate and the media#Podcasting and citizen journalism#An introduction to the use of computers as creative tools#Digital media and the impact of digital technologies on research, media production, archiving and restoration#An introduction to interactive storytelling#Practical sessions.

HUM-3008B

20

WHAT IS POLITICS?

This module will introduce students to some of the key ideologies and 'isms' within contemporary political theory which form the focus of contemporary debates. It will encourage students to consider the role that politics plays in their lives through examination of political theory. Radical doctrines such as anarchism and fundamentalism will be discussed and evaluated alongside more traditional ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism. It will have relevance to students across a range of Foundation Year programmes through its critical approach to ideology.

HUM-3002B

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

FORM AND FUNCTION

Most works of art, whether objects, buildings, or performances, are designed to serve a set of purposes. The interrelationship of their forms and their functions may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Drawing on a range of case studies presented by ART staff, this lecture module examines the connections between the uses, meanings and appearances of art. We will also consider how form and function may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact.

AMAA4004B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

This module provides an introduction to the academic study of art history by looking at how writers primarily in the European tradition have sought to analyse, record and evaluate works of art. We will examine texts from ancient Rome to the 20th century, and consider how accounts of artists' lives, descriptions of art works and attempts to trace a historical development of art have all informed the way that art historians think about their subject. In this seminar, we will also consider the problems of relating texts to visual art and ask what themes are relevant to art historians today.

AMAA4001A

20

INTRODUCTION TO GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module introduces some of the key concepts and tenets underpinning art galleries and museums. One half of the module considers the ways in which museums engage visitors with their activities and their displays. The other half examines the reverse process, by reviewing the history of museums and considering the impact that society has on their development, structure and objectives. The teaching on this module uses the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as case studies, in addition to considering a range of galleries and museums around the world.

AMAA4009B

20

LEARNING ON SITE: THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

This module helps equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to study objects from around the world, from prehistory to the present day. Drawing on the collections of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and of the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the architecture of Norwich, we will explore the ways in which materials, contexts and histories affect how objects have been made and used. Through readings, discussions and object handling, we challenge assumptions and preconceptions about different kinds of art. In the process, students develop their abilities in library research, academic writing and referencing, and oral presentations.

AMAA4007A

20

MAKERS AND MAKING

The process of making works of art - from objects to performances, bodies to buildings - involves a range of materials, activities and ideas. Through a series of lectures by members of ART staff, students on this module learn about the physical and technical properties of different materials as well as their social, economic and symbolic significance. We also consider the people involved in designing, crafting and creating such art, including their working methods and social status.

AMAA4002A

20

PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY

Introducing students to portraiture as it has been practiced by visual artists working in the European tradition between the Middle Ages and the present day, this module considers 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. We will analyse the works of art alongside histories and concepts of the individual self, perhaps the supreme artefact of all.

AMAA4025B

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

This module addresses contemporary issues in the production and display of art. It explores the status of contemporary art in relation to globalisation but also examines the problems confronting critics, curators and scholars today when they engage with the art of different regions and of all periods, from prehistory to the present.

AMAA5090B

20

THE LIVES OF OBJECTS

The main purpose of this module is to develop your critical skills as they pertain to thinking, reading, writing and looking. To deliver this, the module falls into two main sections. The first focuses on one particular methodology - object biographies - used in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies and art history. We shall examine this methodology in detail, breaking it down into its component sections. We shall then consider its strengths and its weaknesses; that is, we will subject it to a thorough critical evaluation. Then, in the second half of the module we shall focus more broadly on what critical thinking is, both in general and within each of the four disciplines taught in the School of World Art Studies. Building on this, the module ends by focusing on how you can apply critical thinking to your own thinking, reading, writing and looking. The module is taught through a combination of two weekly lectures and one discussion seminar. The lectures offer an introduction to the relevant topic, and end with a question for us to discuss/debate in the final 10 minutes of the lecture period. The discussion seminars will consider key issues in the previous week's lectures and the weekly class readings which accompany them.

AMAA5089A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ACTION / ABSTRACTION: ART AFTER 1945

This module explores 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. The course provides an introduction 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.

AMAA5101A

20

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module examines 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.

AMAA5102A

20

INDIGENOUS ARTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

This module begins 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 module 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. The module aims to foster an inter-disciplinary approach.

AMAA5105A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN ART AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 1900-1950

This module examines 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.

AMAA5103A

20

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART

For centuries, the art of ancient Egypt has been admired and vilified, collected and displayed, and used as a source of inspiration, from The Magic Flute to the Harlem Renaissance to the Arab Spring. In this module, we will explore a number of themes in the history of ancient Egyptian art. These may include the historiography of Egyptian art (where it fits into the study of aesthetics, art history, and archaeology, for instance); the role of artists, materials, and technologies in ancient Egypt; art and religious ritual, including mummification; art and social structure; and the impact of Egyptian art in the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the age of colonial and imperial expansion, and up to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to develop a topic that interests them, through independent research, class presentations, and written coursework. As a class, we will consider local collections of Egyptian art and, if resources permit, visit collections outside Norfolk as well.

AMAA5015A

20

MEDIEVAL BODIES

Born, bathed, dressed, worshipped, sexed, cut, bruised, ripped, split, buried. The human body and its changing actions and reactions offer historians a gateway onto understanding the cultures of the past. This special option 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. Each week a different element of the medieval body - heart, head, bone, skin, hands, mouth, ears, nose, feet, eyes, tears, blood, masculine, feminine, Other, and monster - will serve as a gateway into the ways in which the aesthetics, techniques, and society of the medieval craftsman evoked, idolised, and distorted its forms. Engaging with recent readings of medieval art as a craft designed to deliberately manipulate the emotions and senses of the viewer, the course will examine the medieval body as both a subject and object of art, from medical diagrams in illuminated manuscripts to saintly bones clothed in golden reliquaries. Framed through different bodily conceptions, medieval art objects can be bound tightly together into a fascinating corpus, encompassing contemporary attitudes to life, death, beauty, and pain.

AMAA5086A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

LOOKING AT PICTURES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL CULTURE IN THE USA

This module aims to introduce students to strategies and techniques for analysing photographs and, more specifically, uses the visual record to study and illuminate the history of the USA. Viewed here as sites of historical evidence, photographic portraits, family albums, anthropological illustrations, lynching postcards, advertisements, food packaging, fashion photos are just some of the pictures that will be "read" and evaluated. Students will explore how visual texts can contribute to an understanding of nationhood, class, race, sexuality and identity in the USA, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century. Opening sessions will focus on ways of "reading" visual texts. [No previous experience of working with images is necessary]. Most of the semester will be devoted to analysing how photographic images both reflect and contribute to constructions of American identities and culture.

AMAS5024B

20

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. Focusing on spaces (palaces, churches, city squares) and bodies (princely, female, sacred, dead). Reconsidering the Renaissance explores evolving forms and functions of painting, sculpture and architecture made by a range of artists. We will also consider exchanges and cultural links between the centres on the Italian peninsula and an expanding image of the world.

AMAA5097B

20

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ANDEAN ART AND MUSIC

This module is an anthropological approach to the arts and music of Amazonia and Andean Indigenous peoples. The subjects will be discussed through key Amerindian themes with a special focus on cosmology, shamanism, ritual, animal symbolism, and cultural identity. In many Amerindian societies, ritual itself is a major artwork combining music, dance, body art and artefacts into an integrated oeuvre. We will read anthropological texts and watch ethnographic films to analyse the relationships between ritual and music and its socio-cosmological meanings. Documentary film will also be covered as an important and innovative art among Native South Americans, with a special focus on the Kuikuro Indians of Southeastern Amazonia.

AMAA5106B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE

This examines the development of the art and architecture of Venice over a period from the city's foundation until the 18th century. This is a preparation for a fieldtrip to the city. Students on this module will be able to apply to the Emma Jonathan Fund for support in meeting the costs of the trip.

AMAA5093B

20

IMAGE, WORD AND MODERNITY IN BRITAIN, c.1800-1918

In this module, we will examine the interaction between the visual and the verbal in British culture during the nineteenth century, looking at images and/or texts produced by William Blake, the Pre-Raphaelite circle, Algernon Swinburne, Edward Burne-Jones, the English social realists, James McNeill Whistler, Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde, Walter Sickert, the Bloomsbury group and artists/poets of the First World War. In turn, we will consider the ways in which art historians, poets, novelists, literary critics and theorists have considered the often-vexed relationship between image and word. Thus, while largely chronological in form the course requires students to engage with the theoretical and critical literature on image/word relations, and considers issues such as the title, the calligram, ekphrasis, visual humour and the aesthetics of texts.

AMAA5012B

20

Students must study the following modules for 30 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION

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

AMAA6112B

30

Students will select 30 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 and housing collections, to curating shows, producing exhibition texts, and writing art criticism. We will make use of the extraordinary resource of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, exploring its operational structure, permanent collection and new temporary exhibitions. We then develop our engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions themselves, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show as well as practical considerations in doing so: from meeting artists in the studio, to transporting works, to making funding applications. Finally we consider the role of education and interpretation in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays, and about the practice of art criticism. Along the way we will also be hearing from members of the Sainsbury Centre staff, and the module involves a study trip to London.

AMAA6134B

30

PUBLIC ART, PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

Public art and performances are often staged to commemorate historical events. Monuments and commemorations are meant to make us remember the First World War, the Holocaust, the Slave Trade and Colonialism. This module examines why and how nations and communities commemorate the past and the discussions that has generated about memory, memorials and commemorative art. Central to the module is the question how memorial art makes us remember? And, indeed, whether there are alternative ways of remembering in painting, performance or popular music? The module will consider case studies from across the world.

AMAA6135A

30

THE GOTHIC EYE

The way in which we encounter medieval artworks today is radically different from the time of their creation: an altarpiece is dismembered and hung on a gallery wall, an ivory comb is enclosed within a display case, a manuscript stored in a museum. Even when artworks survive in their original locations, the function and appearance of these buildings has often changed significantly. What affects the ways in which we see these works now, and how were they seen when they were first created hundreds of years ago? This course explores different methods of reconstructing the changing appearance of medieval art and the changing experiences of viewing that art. We will examine the medieval understanding of the physiology of sight, the connection between sight and memory, and the relationship between corporeal and spiritual vision. This is complemented by an analysis of the different methodological approaches used by art historians to reconstruct the experiences of past viewers, from Baxandall's 'period eye' to Kemp's 'implicit beholder'. The final seminars consider new forms of vision, examining the reproduction of medieval artworks through photography, film and digital technologies.

AMAA6134A

30

TURNER: ART, THE ARTIST AND THE ART WORLD IN BRITAIN, 1800-1850

This module will consider the range of artworks produced by Joseph Mallord William Turner, within the context of the world in which he worked. It has long been recognised that those artworks amount to one of the crowning achievements (Turner would probably have preferred 'the crowning achievement') in the history of British art. Some of his contemporaries would see Turner's work in similar terms, describing him as an 'Old Master' even within his own lifetime, in a process of apotheosis which Turner fuelled by buying back his own paintings and then loudly leaving them to the nation. For much of the period since his death in 1851, this has remained the dominant vision of Turner: an isolated and untouchable 'genius' whose works transcend history and full interpretation. Recently however, art historians have started to think again about Turner and the real character of his achievement, situating both within the emergent modern art world of early nineteenth-century Britain. . This module will introduce students to this body of scholarship through a close analysis of Turner's own works - paintings, drawings and prints; landscapes, seascapes and historical/mythological images - read alongside set texts (including both primary sources and recent secondary literature), and within their artistic and historical contexts. We will look closely at a wide range of Turner's output and consider its interpretation, not only by ourselves but also by contemporary commentators including John Ruskin.

AMAA6133A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ALTERNATIVE MODERNISMS

This module is about the role of modern art in the making of India's national identity. It addresses probing questions, notably 'When was Modernism in Indian Art?' Since the beginning of the 20th century, artists and other cultural producers in India, such as film-makers, educationalists and anthropologists, sought to dismantle the colonial concepts that once framed their histories and identities. The module explores how artists such as Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij and Rabindranath Tagore established cultural exchanges with diverse national and international communities in the early- to mid-twentieth century. It considers the many new artistic and cultural formations that emerged via the Bengal School and related movements, raising important questions concerning the meaning of the relationships between the local and the national, the future and the past, and the visual and the spatial. Including debates on issues as diverse as identity/difference, visual display, internationalism, cultural heritage, and the politics of representation, the module is of potential interests to students in HUM (notably ART) including those with a specific interest in art history, anthropology and museum studies.

AMAA6131A

30

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.

AMAA6128A

30

THE PREMODERN CARTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION

Maps help 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 these cartographic ideas as a starting point for understanding the visual, intellectual, and imaginative cultures of premodern Europe and the Middle East. Introducing and interrogating visual and theoretical cartographic practices from across the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods, each week of the course we will move chronologically to consider a different realm of this premodern world through its maps and diagrams: the earth and the stars, the city and the body, the past and the present, the other and the self. And in so doing, we can begin to pick through the subtle veneers of time and place in premodern maps to expose exciting and complex conceptions of the world at the time of their creation.

AMAA6121A

30

Students will select 30 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 and housing collections, to curating shows, producing exhibition texts, and writing art criticism. We will make use of the extraordinary resource of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, exploring its operational structure, permanent collection and new temporary exhibitions. We then develop our engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions themselves, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show as well as practical considerations in doing so: from meeting artists in the studio, to transporting works, to making funding applications. Finally we consider the role of education and interpretation in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays, and about the practice of art criticism. Along the way we will also be hearing from members of the Sainsbury Centre staff, and the module involves a study trip to London.

AMAA6134B

30

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: Francis Bacon's dark world of intensity, anxiety and sado-masochism; the blank stare of Andy Warhol's commercial indifference; Joseph Beuys's redemptive shamanism; Louise Bourgeois the child abused using her art to resolve inner conflicts; and Ai Weiwei the great political dissident of contemporary China. This module explores the construction of such "makers' myths" and asks: 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?

AMAA6127B

30

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

  • A Level CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC or 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC MMM
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

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: 7 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in each 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 high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study

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.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only. 

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

How to Apply

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

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

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