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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 - 4 Years

Course summary

If you are enthused by painting, sculpture, and architecture, this course lets you learn more about the context and theory behind them.Our History of Art BA will develop your appreciation for art by revealing the details of its history and placing it in its historical context. You will explore art as a reflection of its historical context – a window into the past. Experience is as much a part of this course as academic discussion. You will have the opportunity to travel to Italy for three weeks over the Easter vacation in year two. This fully subsidized trip to Rome, Siena, and Florence will allow you to get up close to many of the greatest masterpieces of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture ranging in date from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century.Employability is embedded into our course: you will gain hands-on experience in programming and promoting a ‘film and art’ event, and will graduate will real-world skills as well as academic knowledge. Our graduates have gone onto enjoy careers with organisations such as the Tate gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and auction houses such as Christie's and Phillips.You will learn about the changing modes of art that have developed since classical antiquity and the various artists, sculptors and architects that have pioneered change in their fields. You will also develop your ability to discuss and critique art in a professional manner that takes into account the essential texts surrounding the history of art. You will gain an excellent ‘object-based’ understanding of how to interpret and decode visual imagery, iconography and styles. You will critically examine and debate key themes and study areas such as:The role of art in society The effect of art upon human emotion, psychology and behaviour The relationship between the written word and the visual image The desire for artists to innovate and be new, versus the pull of tradition and precedent The nature of creativity and the notion of artistic 'genius'

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 17,450per year

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University of Leicester

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    University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RH, England

More than 4,000 international students call Leicester home, sharing their cultures, faiths and ideas with each other and with students and staff across campus.
Leicester is in the centre of England with great transport links, making it easy to explore the whole country while studying there.
Want to explore further afield? Leicester has great European links – with one change of train, Leicester students can be in Paris by lunchtime.

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