Minor in History of Art
Available for students starting in September 2017.
If you choose a Minor in the History of Art you will study the history of art, sculpture and architecture across a range of historical and geographical periods, focusing in particular on Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern European and Contemporary.
This pathway will offer you the opportunity to explore the most abstract philosophies of art through to the more pragmatic workings and controversies of the international heritage industry, will allow you to tailor your studies to focus on Renaissance or more modern themes, and will also offer Special Subject modules which reflect the latest research by members of academic staff.
In your first year you will be introduced to the history of art, including painting, sculpture and architecture, from classical antiquity through to the present day.
Either Introduction to the History of Art I: Antiquity to Baroque or Words and Pictures: Connoisseurship and Attribution
Either Introduction to the History of Art II: Enlightenment to Contemporary or Film and Art: Academic Practice and the Workplace
In your second year you will study Renaissance art, sculpture and architecture or, alternatively, 19th and 20th century art tied thematically to the interplay of traditional values and more ‘progressive’ social forces and artistic ideals, which led to complex hybrids of art, sculpture, film and architecture that were neither simply ‘modern’ nor ‘traditional’. Continuing the theme of ‘negotiations with the past’, you will also take a module exploring the history of heritage preservationist movements in the arts and in museology.
Choose 1 option module from:
- Documents of the History of Art
- Italian Art and Architecture 1400-1600
- Modernity and Tradition: Art from the French Revolution to WWII
In your final year you will study module options that most appeal to you. You may, for example, opt for a theory module on philosophical aesthetics and art psychology as well as a biographical module taking a sustained, in-depth look into the life, work and legacy of a single Renaissance artist where the myth frequently obscures the reality, such as Leonardo or Michelangelo.
Alternatively, you can elect to take a Special Subject module – one reflecting the current research interests of members of academic staff – where you will participate in the study of a single research-intensive topic across two semesters.
Choose 2 option modules from:
- British Gothic Sculpture
- Classical Aesthetics and Its Legacy
- Conceptual Art and its Aftermath in Britain
- Death and Life of Modernist Architecture
- Drawing to Painting in the Italian Renaissance
- Italy and the North 1550-1700
- The Golden Age of French Cinema, 1930-1955
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.
There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.
There will be a range of assessment methods including coursework essays, exams and presentations.
Now choose your Major
On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case History of Art).
Please note that you cannot study a Minor in the History of Art with a Major in History of Art.