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History of Art and Design

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single or combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) History of Art and Design
School
College of Liberal Arts
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: R327 or S173
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades BCC with Grade B in Art & Design and Grade C in History or English related subjects preferred.

View typical offers for more information.

Critical, experimental and creative – this course is for passionate individuals who want a career in art and design.

  • Learn from active researchers, authors, and curators with extensive experience in their specialisms.
  • Take advantage of our extensive contacts with local and national cultural organisations.
  • Gain a firm grounding in the history of art and design, and choose optional modules that reflect your interests.

History of Art and Design at Bath Spa University is for individuals interested in a career in the diverse fields requiring knowledge of art and design history, visual analysis, cultural theory and criticism.

We’ll help you to build a strong understanding of the historical and theoretical context to art and design. As the course progresses, you’ll be able to specialise in an area that interests you, with an emphasis on developing you as an independent, skilled researcher and worker in the field. You’ll develop a strong knowledge of the historical background to the subject as well the skills that you will need to become a motivated, agile professional in a related career.

Based in the World Heritage City of Bath, the course explores the region’s rich cultural heritage and makes full use of excellent travel connections to London.

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What you'll learn

Overview

We’ll provide you with a firm historical foundation in the history of art and design, alongside giving you the opportunity to take optional modules that reflect your interests. This means you’ll be able to specialise in particular media, geographic areas or periods.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to undertake work experience, visits and longer travel experiences. The structure of the course means you’ll increasingly work independently on research projects that represent your interests.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll learn the foundations of methodology in art and design history as well as learning historical context – spanning from the renaissance to the early 19th century. You’ll begin to acquire the skills necessary to research and learn independently, as you begin your journey to a career in an area related to the subject.

Year two
You’ll be given an increasing amount of choice over the direction that you choose for your study. You’ll also continue studying historical context and theory that spans the period from the mid nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century. During your second year you’ll acquire key advanced research skills that will support your evolution as a professional researcher in the subject.

Year three
The core module of year 3 reflects upon the world of art and design since 1945 in detail. This is combined with a significant amount of self-directed and researched study. You’ll have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of personal research in the form of a dissertation. In your professional contexts module we’ll help you to hone your career path in preparation for entry into the professional world.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by coursework (including essays, portfolios, study journals and reviews), projects and dissertations, individual and group presentations, and seen and unseen examinations.

How will I be taught?

Modules on the course are taught via seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and IT workshops. A variety of visits and field trips enrich the course. As well as local, regional and national visits, travel opportunities to international centres such as Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles or Las Vegas help to further inform your studies.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Renaissance Art, Design and Culture: The Early Renaissance
  • Renaissance Art, Design and Culture: The High Renaissance and Mannerism
  • The Age of Transformation: Art and Design in the Seventeenth Century
  • Bath and Beyond: Art and Design, 1700-1848
  • Art and Design Historiography 1: Introduction
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: Museology, Collecting and the Archive

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Art, Design and Modernity 1848-1910
  • Modernism and the Avant-Gardes 1907-1960
  • Understanding Art and Design Media, Materials and Techniques
  • Digital Animation: Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Fashion Design Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Fine Art Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Furniture and Product Design Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Graphic Communication Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Textile Design Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Photography Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Professional Contexts 1: Introducing Professional Practice in Art and Design History
  • Art and Design Historiography 2: Methodologies
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Self-directed project: Art and Design Curatorship
  • Professional Contexts 2: Preparing for Professional Practice
  • State of the Art: Contemporary Art in the News
  • State of the Art: This Year’s Design
  • Major Theoretical Project

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries.

Work placements, industry links and internships

This course will equip you for employment in the creative industries. It is designed to support you to become an informed, intellectually curious and professionally agile individual, with qualities that employers will find attractive. We’ll introduce you to opportunities for work visits and placements throughout your three years on the course.

Careers

Graduates of BA (Hons) History of Art and Design are employed in a variety of fields including:

  • Museum and art gallery curatorship
  • Art and design publishing
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Librarianship
  • Broadcasting (film and television)
  • Travel services
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Arts administration
  • Public relations
  • Design management

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of “with Professional Placement Year” to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at Bath School of Art and Design's campus at Sion Hill as well as Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilties including workshops and Sion Hill library.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A Level grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design and Grade C in History or English related subjects preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to a HL Art or English subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & Design.
  • Access Courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element

How do I apply?

Please contact our admissions team for more information on applying for 2019 entry: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants who meet our entry criteria will be invited by email to interview at our Sion Hill campus and may be required to bring high quality portfolio. More details will be supplied to applicants on invitation.

Get ahead

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualifications listed above. Applicants will be considered without this.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Rachel Withers
Email: r.withers@bathspa.ac.uk

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