Philosophy and History of Art and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

This Joint Honours degree combines the study of Philosophy in equal measure with the study of History of Art and Visual Culture. Our Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy and Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures have excellent reputations for research and teaching. Studying here means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts who will share their research and experience so that you gain invaluable skills for your future career. At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to Philosophy that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European traditions of philosophy to focus on both —their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative course that brings together academic staff from departments across the university. Departmental specialisms include a wide range of philosophical topics such as philosophy of art, philosophy of literature ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, 19th and 20th Century European philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy and American pragmatism. If you have a passion for the visual arts, History of Art and Visual Culture will give you the skills to read, interpret and analyse images and artefacts across cultures. The research expertise of staff means you will engage in the key phases in the development of the history of art and visual culture and you will develop a creative and critical mindset, with excellent analytical abilities.

  • Learn how to curate an exhibition, write interpretation and conserve artwork
  • Develop critical thinking skills and hone your ability to argue convincingly in writing and orally
  • Make use of our exceptional collection of Victorian Art housed in the Founder’s Picture Gallery


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Assessment method

-Personal tutors in Philosophy and Languages, Literatures and Cultures -50% modules in Visual Cultures plus 50% modules in Philosophy -Lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, workshops, fieldtrips, curating workshops, etc -Diverse assessment methods from essays and exams to multiple choice questions, cataloguing and exhibition exercises, reports, reflective logs and oral presentations -Emphasis on continuous feedback both orally and in writing

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Combinations of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact us on [email protected] to discuss your situation

Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £23800 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £23800 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25, the fee is £9,250 for that year. Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees annually for overseas fee-paying students. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree. The upper limit of any such annual rise has not yet been set for courses starting in 2024 but will advertised here once confirmed.  For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions. These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.
Philosophy and History of Art and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS