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Develop your independent practice, experience life in another country, and understand the theories and ideas behind contemporary art on one of the most highly regarded courses in the country. Studying philosophy alongside art allows you to consider the medium from a range of perspectives.
You will join a lively community at Reading School of Art and explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms, and develop as an artist. The studios are a busy place with events, screenings, performances and exhibitions happening regularly. There is dedicated space accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and a studio tutor to help develop your individual and professional practice. Our teaching staff are artists, curators and researchers of international standing who are actively involved in the art world, and whose latest research was found to be 100% internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory: A – Art.).
Trips to museums and art galleries help prompt thoughts on how art is displayed and received. You will gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and other events.
Studying philosophy at the University of Reading will equip you with the ability to think logically, evaluate arguments critically, and challenge your own ideas and those of other people. We will give you an understanding of the central philosophical principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures and you could also study to study non-Western philosophies, in particular Indian philosophy.
You will be taught by leading experts whose research strengths lie especially in moral philosophy and the philosophy of the mind and language. Our small class sizes ensure that students receive dedicated individual attention, and we were given an overall student satisfaction rating of 94% in the National Student Survey 2017.
Throughout your degree you will receive advice and guidance on your career development.Placements and collaborations are actively encouraged and there is also the option to experience life in another country by studying abroad.
Past students have enjoyed internships at Studio Voltaire and the Frieze Art Fair. Others have performed at the ICA, taken part in an Arts Council–supported film project at the Museum of English Rural Life and participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea.
There are also several opportunities – across all our undergraduate courses - for you to study abroad at an international university. Institutions include the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada; Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA; Monash University, Australia; and National Taiwan University of the Arts in Tapei, Taiwan; as well as Art Universities in Dijon, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Budapest, Hungary; and Tampere, Finland (Erasmus Scholarships).
As well as the practical experience gained on this degree our students graduate with a range of transferable skills, such as self-motivation, time management, and strategic thinking. They also develop greater self-confidence and are better able to express themselves.
Many of our graduates enjoy successful careers as artists, writers and curators. These include a number of famous alumni, such as Turner Prize-nominated artists, and PhD students who are award-winning artists and curators at influential museums. Other graduates have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy, and film and video production. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, Christies, Microsoft, and the BBC.
Studying philosophy also enables you to develop a range of transferable skills in clear thinking, logical analysis, and the critical assessment of argument. Such skills are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers such as law, politics, management and marketing.
Sample modules may include:
- Art studio
- Reading objects, writing images
- Human nature
- Radical philosophy
- Meaning of life
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
How to apply
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|to D: 15 credits and M: 30 credits|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB - ABBBB|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M2 - M2, M2, M2|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 - 30 points|
Interview & Portfolio
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or 200 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||7.0||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|PTE Academic||67.0||We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100.0||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|