University of Buckingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

History of Art (Flexible Honours) (2-year degree)

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Course summary

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The University of Buckingham is: o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) o Consistently ranked in the top 5 in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey) o Small group teaching focused – excellent student:staff ratio o Flexible – start your course in September or January History of Art provides a first-class rounded education and excellent intellectual training. While the primary focus is on the visual arts, the subject also touches on many other traditional humanities disciplines such as literature, history, religion, languages, classics, psychology and philosophy, with which it provides natural subject combinations. The programme covers a broad range of periods from Classical Greece through to the modern day. Students acquire skills of critical and historical analysis and the ability to evaluate evidence and present arguments fluently, both orally and in writing. Study term in Florence History of Art students can opt to start either in September or January. September entrants have the unique opportunity of studying Italian art in the beautiful city of Florence for one term at the British Institute in Florence (for which there is an additional fee; more information). In addition to this there are numerous study trips within the UK, including Waddesdon Manor, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate Modern. Special features Hands-on study of art with frequent study visits A unique partnership with the British Institute in Florence providing an introduction to art history in Italy exclusively for Buckingham students (September entry only) Available to study with a Heritage Management minor, offering a combination of theoretical and vocational study Close links with museums (including the Wallace Collection), heritage organisations and the art market A varied range of subjects including design and decorative arts, art markets, museums and country houses Opportunities for practical project work and academic research Excellent record of graduate employment Competitive fees Generous scholarships/bursaries Flexible Honours Make your degree as unique as you. As one of our flexible honours degrees, you have the freedom to tailor your History of Art degree to reflect your interests and passions by combining it with a wide range of other subjects taught here at the University. This means that when you graduate you will have a highly personalised degree that will suit you and your aspirations perfectly. At the end of the degree this equates to having 210-240 units in History of Art and 120-150 units in other subjects of your choice. If you study 90 units or more from a single subject, you will be awarded with a combined honours degree (for example, if you study over 90 units in English you will be awarded with the degree History of Art with English). Availability of modules for Flexible Honours choices are subject to timetabling constraints, minimum and maximum class sizes and any agreed pre-requisite modules.

Course details

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of the University’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students. Art History modules introduce students to the materials and methods, providing an historical overview of western art and architecture from Greece and Rome to the modern and contemporary world. Heritage Management modules cover the background to heritage, study of contemporary issues, policy, practices and debates, and the business of managing the heritage as a part of the cultural economy. Students also study the art market, decorative arts and the English country house. The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC - BBB Typical Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM from relevant National Diploma
Scottish Higher ABBB
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points

Applications to Buckingham are individually considered by the Admissions Team and other factors may be taken in to account. Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcome to apply, including if you have a mix of BTEC and A levels. An EPQ will be considered alongside A levels. Foundation options are also available. Please contact the Admissions Office ([email protected] or +44 (0)1280 820313) for more information. Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). IELTS requirements are as follows: (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £25200 Whole course
England £25200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25200 Whole course
Scotland £25200 Whole course
Wales £25200 Whole course
Channel Islands £25200 Whole course
International £40320 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £6,165 (September 2019) paid direct to the University if you are studying a 9 Term programme (2 years and 1 term). Where applicants are taking an 8 term degree (two year honours degree) or start in January they may be eligible for an annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £7,400 (September 2019). Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). Most students at Buckingham receive additional maintenance loan support for the additional 10 weeks a year of study from the Long Courses Loan. This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees, bursaries and scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

History of Art (Flexible Honours) (2-year degree) at University of Buckingham - UCAS