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Art and History of Art BA (Hons)

University of Reading

UCAS CODE: VW31

Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCTOBER 2020

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

**By combining studio practice with contemporary cultural theory and the history of modern art, you gain a strong academic grounding and a rich source of ideas for your own artwork.** This course enables you to think and talk about art more confidently, while developing powers of visual analysis and a broad range of skills in art production, writing and curation. We address art history and making from a contemporary perspective, asking what art means to us now in relation to our own individual identities, experiences and bodies, as well as from broader cultural and historical positions. Through the lectures, seminars and studio teaching – as well as weekly visiting artist talks – you will be exposed to the language, vocabulary and debates that have emerged historically and evolved to forge contemporary art. The first year of your degree functions like a foundation year, giving you a structured transition between A-level or sixth form studies and the greater freedoms of guided independent learning during your degree. **Develop as an artist** By joining the lively community at Reading School of Art, you can explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms and develop as an artist. The studios are busy places with events, workshops, performances and exhibitions regularly taking place. There is dedicated space accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and daily access to studio tutors during the week to help develop your individual and professional practice. Trips to museums and art galleries help prompt thoughts on how art is displayed and received and you can gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Our teaching staff are all artists, curators and researchers of international standing. **Your learning environment**You will learn through a mixture of studio teaching, seminars, lectures, group workshops and critiques, technical and material sessions, exhibition making, one-to-one tutorials and field trips. You will have access to our range of facilities, including workshops for construction, printing and casting, darkroom for photography, digital tools for film and video editing, imaging, sound and web building and a dedicated audio-visual room and sound-recording booth. **Placements**Your degree includes career management skills training and you will be encouraged to undertake academic and work placements during your studies. Previous art students have enjoyed art internships at Studio Voltaire, Frieze Art Fair, and Tate Exchange, performed at the ICA, London and participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea.**Study Abroad**In your third year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Europe.You can also participate in week-long international study trips as part of a module for which you gain credits. **Careers**Our students graduate with a range of transferable skills, such as creativity, teamwork, time management, problem-solving and strategic thinking. You will enter the job market with well-developed skills in oral and visual communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. A degree in Art and History of Art will prepare you either for further study or to enter professions across the flourishing cultural and creative industries. As well as becoming an artist, curator and art writer, you could choose to work in museums and galleries, education, publishing, digital and social media or advertising and public relations. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Christies, Microsoft, the BBC, V&A Museum, Manolo Blahnik. Overall, 93% of our

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£ 16,890per year

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Entry requirements

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120 UCAS points

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Accommodation available
    Scholarships available
  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 86 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    135 60%

    34th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%

    30th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.55 71%

    83rd

    7

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