The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
This is your foundation year and you will take four compulsory modules: 'Historical Concepts in the History of Art', 'Debates and Methods in the History of Art', 'Object and Medium 1', and 'Object and Medium 2' which introduce you to concepts, categories and approaches to studying art and artists, as well as modules which examine the techniques and materials used in the production of artworks. Other modules will give you an outline of selected key historical periods and themes in the history of art, such as the Renaissance and Modernism.
Lectures and seminars are supported with study trips to galleries and current exhibitions in London or elsewhere. You will also take a module in a subject outside of the discipline which will allow you to explore another subject.
First year modules include:
- Historical Concepts in the History of Art
- Debates and Methods in the History of Art
- Object and Medium 1: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculptures
- Object and Medium 2: Photography, Film, Performance and Installation
- Ideas of the Renaissance
- Concepts of Modernism in the History of Art
- Module outside of the main discipline (MOMD)
- detailed descriptions of first year modules
You will go on a compulsory university-funded study trip to a major artistic and cultural centre overseas such as Berlin, Paris or Venice, where you will have the chance to access works of art and architecture unavailable in Britain and to study them in situ. You are prepared for this module, and for your dissertation, though a second compulsory module 'Research Techniques in the History of Art'.
Your other modules will allow you to acquire a greater depth of knowledge by focusing on a number of more specific subjects. You can choose from a number of optional modules on themes or periods in the history of art, as well as another Module Outside the Main Discipline.
Second year modules include:
- Research Techniques in the History of Art
- Art History in the Field - European Study Trip
- Renaissance Art in Italy and the Netherlands 1400-1460
- Art, Architecture and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna
- Power, Society, Politics: Religious Art in Northern Europe
- Inside the Gallery: Histories, Theories and Practices of Museums and Galleries
- Impressionism and After: Art and Society in the Nineteenth-Century France
- Victorian Art and the British Empire
- Under the Red Star: Art and Society in the Soviet Union
- American Art in the 1960s
- Module Outside the Main Discipline
- detailed descriptions of second year modules
In addition, you have the opportunity to spend one semester in your second year studying abroad at a foreign university.
In your final year you will study four special subject modules in depth and in detail and undertake a compulsory dissertation that also gives you the chance to develop your research skills. You may opt to study a module in another discipline.
Final-year modules include:
- The Dissertation
- Women and Artistic Culture 1400-1600
- Paris Moderne 1850-1930: Image, Concept, Femininity
- Prague, Budapest, Cracow: Art and the Politics of Identity in Central Europe, 1867-1918
- Fashioning Flesh and Technology: Modernism and the Body in Germany 1918-1933
- Architecture and Decoration in Sixteenth-Century Venice
- The Pre-Raphaelites: Contexts, Approaches and Reputations
- Inside Out: Interior and Interiority in French Art, Design and Visual Culture 1850-1940
- Berlin: Symphony of a (Great) City?
- Turning the Pages: Manuscript and Print, Past and Present
- Beauty, Goodness and Truth: Topics in the Philosophy of Art
- Sculptural Experiments in Britain 1837-1091
- Module Outside the Main Discipline
- detailed descriptions of final year modules