Minor in History of Art

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

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.

Year 1

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.

Modules

  • The Classical Inheritance in the Renaissance
  • Art in Northern Europe, 1550-1700

Year 2

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.

Modules

  • Italian Art and Architecture 1400-1600
    OR
  • Modernity and Tradition: Art from the French Revolution to WWII

Plus

  • Revivalism and Heritage

Year 3

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.

Modules

  • Philosophy of Art

OR one of the following Special Subjects:

Plus

The Cult of the Renaissance Artist

OR any of the following Special Subject provided you have taken the corresponding first section in semester one:

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

Assessment

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).

Restrictions

Please note that you cannot study a Minor in the History of Art with a Major in History of Art.

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