History of Art BA, 3-4 years

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Course information

Typical offer ABB-BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code V308

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by History of Art and Film

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14th in the UK for History of Art (Times Good University Guide 2021)

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97% of students in work or further study six months after graduation (The Uni Guide 2021)

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If you are enthused by painting, sculpture, and architecture, this course lets you learn more about the context and theory behind them.

Course description

Course description

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'

Scholarships available

Find out more about how offer holders on this degree are eligible to apply for a £9,000 cash bursary.

Download a prospectus (PDF, 11MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB-BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC + 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
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM

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 – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic 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 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.


Offer holders on this degree are eligible to apply for a £9,000 cash bursary.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We run a programme of careers talks by leading experts in the arts and film industries, who provide unique insight into both traditional and nontraditional employment pathways.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our History of Art degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • Tate gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Christie's
  • Phillips auction house
  • Attenborough Arts Centre

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

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 Study Abroad Unit.

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 several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • 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:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Core module

Option modules 

 Choose 3 option modules from:

Then choose 2 option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

History of Art at Leicester

On a three-week field trip to Italy Micha was able to view the Renaissance art he had been studying.

The University's award-winning Attenborough Arts Centre has a growing national reputation for courses, performances and exhibitions.

You will gain important insights into the art world from academic staff who have extensive experience of curating exhibitions large and small.

Our research includes: Italian Renaissance paintings and drawings; art and exhibition culture; modern and contemporary art; public art and public monuments.

We were ranked 13th in the UK for teaching History of Art by The Times Good University Guide 2020.

Teaching and learning

Your degree 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, both in the UK and abroad.

Your course will start quite ‘traditionally’ with lots of lectures, and as you gain confidence and knowledge you will be expected to make substantive contributions to class discussion and debate, effectively taking charge of the trajectory of your own learning. Ultimately, you will be able to present your ideas formally and informally to large groups, and also to craft a dissertation around your own interests. Classes are small and informal, creating an excellent teaching and learning experience.

Contact hours average around nine to twelve hours per week, not counting unscheduled tutorials and personal tutor meetings, as well as a substantial amount of preparation. Your assessments will be evaluated by two separate markers and/or moderated, which – given the subjective nature of our discipline – is the only way to guarantee the most accurate assessment of its quality.

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

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course History of Art Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code V308 Availability Apply Now
Course History of Art with Year Abroad Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code V308 Availability Apply Now