History of Art and English, BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you would like to trace the interplay of the visual image and the written word through history, in the work of artists and writers in an array of different genres.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
VQ33
Start date
September 2018
Department
English, History of Art and Film

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
schoolofarts@le.ac.uk

History of Art and Film website

Course description

Course description

The links between art and literature are fascinating and long-standing and it is arguably impossible to fully appreciate one without understanding the other. The History of Art and English BA is designed to explore the links between literature and art because we believe you can gain the richest appreciation of art and literature by studying them side by side.

When the ancient Greeks reflected on the role of arts in society they did not separate painting and sculpture from poetry and drama. Each was treated and discussed equally, as ‘images’ that reflected certain values and had certain aesthetic and psychological effects. Similarly, during the Renaissance the concept of the 'Renaissance Man' emerged: an artist, author and even inventor, this near-mythical figure reflected the assumption that art and literature are intrinsically linked. The Romantic movement explored poetry and painting simultaneously as media to capture the sublime power of nature and the inner depths of the artist’s psyche; while the Surrealists, which with artists like Salvador Dali are nowadays associated in the popular imagination with painting, began as an exclusively literary experiment.

Your modules will be taught by both History of Art and Film and English. You will not only learn the genre and stylistic histories of art and literature but will also consider the countless theories and aesthetic philosophies that seek to explain their cultural, social and psychological importance. 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for 1200 courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Year 2: 13% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
  • Independent learning: 1044 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 132 hours
  • Independent learning: 1068 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points including 6 in Higher Level English.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined).

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

     

    International Students

    Starting in 2018

    • £15,980 per year
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Careers and employability

      Careers and employability

      We have excellent links with the arts industries. Our Careers Director has worked in the curating of exhibitions, editing art journals, as well as in the auction house sector, and is ideally placed to advise on careers in these areas.

      We run a programme of visiting careers talks by leading experts in the arts and film industries who can provide insights into employment pathways.

      Internship opportunities are available in various fields, from museum and auction house work to journal editing and film studio work.

      We organise annual employability workshops to help you realise your career ambitions and consider what progress you should be making towards employment at each stage of your degree.

      Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

      Related courses

      Related courses

      Course structure

      Year 1

      Year 1

      You will begin by studying a broad, sweeping history of art stretching from classical antiquity through to the present day. You will also learn the techniques of decoding and interpreting paintings according to their style and iconography, while also considering how literary descriptions of paintings affect the ways we ‘see’ them. The vocational module 'Film and Art: Artistic Study and the Workplace' will introduce you to ways you might eventually apply your degree in an arts-related career, such as exhibition design and the organisation of arts events, and this will be delivered in collaboration with a local arts gallery. Your English studies will begin with an introduction to the core principles of English verse and prose.

      Modules

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 2

      Year 2

      Core modules

      Option modules

      Choose 2 option modules from:

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year Abroad (optional)

      Year Abroad (optional)

      If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

      Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

      Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

      History of Art and Film at Leicester has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

      • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

      We have links with the following universities:


      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Final Year (Film Studies Dissertation)

      Final Year (Film Studies Dissertation)

      Choose 3 option modules from the following list. You must choose at least one of the module marked *. You cannot choose both the Victorian Literature modules.

      Choose 2 option modules from the following list. You must choose at least one of the modules marked*. You cannot choose both the Post-War to Post-Modern Literature modules.

      Plus your Film Studies Dissertation.

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Final Year (English Dissertation)

      Final Year (English Dissertation)

      Choose 4 option modules from the following list. You must choose at least one of the module marked *. You cannot choose both the Victorian Literature modules.

      Choose 2 option modules from the following list. You must choose at least one of the modules marked*. You cannot choose both the Post-War to Post-Modern Literature modules.

      Plus your English Dissertation.

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Why Leicester?

      History of Art at Leicester was ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017, and number one for Graduate Prospects.

      Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

      Our History of Art Society arranges an active programme of lectures by invited artists, practical art classes, gallery visits and other social events.

      Our student drama society LUTheatre presents a programme of new and classic works every year. New writers can see their work performed at the popular Proteus nights.

      Teaching and learning

      Teaching

      You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, personal tutorials, interactive student presentations, IT training, field trips and site visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author or artist's work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a topic in depth.

      Typically, each week you will have between nine and twelve contact hours. There will be plenty of reading and individual study to fill the rest of your time, as well as tutorials and personal tutor meetings.

      When you study the ‘Renaissance Drama’ module in your first year, you will learn sword-fighting techniques from local theatre companies and practice them by staging the climax of Shakespeare’s 'Richard III' actually on Bosworth Battlefield itself.

      Assessment

      You will be assessed though a combination of essays, group work, oral presentations and exams.

      You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

      Independent learning

      When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

      Overall workload

      Typical workload hours for History of Art and Film courses in 2016/17: 

      Year 1: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
      • Independent learning: 1032 hours

      Year 2: 13% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
      • Independent learning: 1032 hours

      Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

      Final year: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
      • Independent learning: 1032 hours

      While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

      Academic support

      Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

      • study and exam skills
      • academic writing
      • presentations
      • dissertations
      • numerical data skills
      • referencing sources

      Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

      Teaching staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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