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.
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.
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.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- 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.
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 History of Art staff profiles and English staff profiles.