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Course summary

The Art History programme combines new media technologies with more traditional disciplinary practices to equip you with the professional skills you’ll need to succeed and shape the cultural and creative industries. Within the course, ethno- and gender-centric art histories are contextualised among diverse, non-Western practices with a view to redressing historic imbalances and injustices. From Banksy to Basquiat, Kusama to Kngwarreye, you are encouraged to find your own place and voice within these fantastically complex visual worlds. The BA in Art History starts by exploring the foundations of contemporary Western culture in classical Greece and Rome, and then brings you right up to date via a survey of key art-historical periods, including the Italian and Northern Renaissances and the birth of the concept of the artist. As well as this grounding in the traditional Western art-historic canon, you will also explore non Western art histories and current challenges to the linear and historically prevailing accounts of art history. A key feature of the BA in Art History is the opportunity to study in a thriving art school environment, allowing you to access working art and design studios to study the production and materiality of objects and to take part in collaborative projects with fellow art and design students. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with, and acquire curatorial skills in Bristol’s many cultural institutions in each year of your studies. This course actively seeks individuals who want to challenge and shape the future of the discipline of art history, individuals who feel disconnected from the representations that they see in galleries and museums and who want to effect change. Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Museum/Gallery Curator • Museum/Gallery Education Officer • University Lecturer / Teacher • Arts Writer/Journalist • TV/Film Researcher • Auctioneer • Postgraduate study


Level 4 Modules Surveys and Frameworks (1) - Introductions Surveys and Frameworks (2) - Foundations Objects and Contexts Research Methodologies (1) Body Level 5 Modules Surveys and Frameworks (3) – The Modern World Surveys and Frameworks (4) – Contemporary Enquiries Live Project Research Methodologies (2) Land Level 6 Modules Spaces The Future of Art History? Dissertation/ Major Research Project Artist/Practitioner

Assessment method

Coursework-based (i.e. no exams) and coursework takes the form of assessed essays, presentations, blogs and live briefs.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please submit a transcript of modules to be considered for year 2 or 3

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.

English language requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Art History (Bristol School of Art) at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS