Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art and History Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of London

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The past, and the visual art it has bequeathed to us, continues to fascinate. This is richly evident in media productions, the thriving heritage sector, and record visitor numbers to galleries and museums. This wide-ranging BA in History of Art and History will take you from the ancient world through to the present day.

You will explore social, cultural, intellectual and political histories, and develop your understanding of visual culture within those contexts. You will acquire the analytical skills and critical approaches that enable you to investigate both texts and images for yourself, and to develop your competence in visual perception and historical interpretation.

While some of our students have studied art history and/or history at school or have completed short courses, most haven't studied these subjects in any depth prior to starting this course. The first-year modules are therefore intended to provide you with academic skills and a good grounding in the disciplines. As you progress through the course, you will have opportunities to explore different historical periods, themes and topics and different types of visual culture in more detail - from buildings to installations, sculpture to digital media, paintings to photography.

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.

  • You will benefit from small, highly interactive classes, alongside students of different ages and from various walks of life. You can take advantage of field trips, including an annual visit to a European city, which takes place in the Easter vacation. We offer information evenings for prospective students interested in our History of Art programmes throughout the year.

  • We have a state-of-the-art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell. See a video about our home in Gordon Square.

  • As a student here, you'll be invited to a dynamic range of events, many of which are organised through our research centres, including the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre; Architecture, Space and Society Network; Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology; the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism; the Raphael Samuel History Centre; the Institute of Historical Research; and the Institute of Classical Studies. These give you access to some of the foremost figures in the discipline, and insight into the most recent and up-to-date research.

  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Our assessment methods vary from essays and examinations to research portfolios and oral presentations, so as to develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills. The programme culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation on a chosen topic.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications, as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Certificates of Higher Education

Students who successfully complete Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in History of Art are guaranteed a place on this BA, with the possibility of exemption from the first-year modules.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £4,625 Year 1
EU £4,625 Year 1
International £6,825 Year 1
England £4,625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,625 Year 1
Scotland £4,625 Year 1
Wales £4,625 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits. On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs: An optional field trip is available as part of this programme, for which the Department does not charge a fee for attendance. Students are, however, responsible for paying all other costs, including travel, accommodation, food and drink and other subsistence costs, gallery fees, etc. The Murray Bequest offers a limited number of bursaries every year to students who would not otherwise be able to take the field trip. Details on how to apply are usually circulated to students in December or January.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
Camden
WC1E 7HX


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Admissions Office

020 7631 6316


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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700