The following course information is for students applying for entry in September 2023. If you're looking to start a similar course in September 2022 or January 2023 at Year 1 (Level 4) entry, refer to BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Art History) with Integrated Foundation.
Art has a profound impact on how we understand our world. It clarifies events and can compel complex emotions. This course offers a critical exploration of this exciting and influential field.
You’ll examine the production and reception of art across time and cultures, and analyse why it was made, when, where, by whom and for whom – discovering the social, cultural, economic and political contexts in which they were produced and consumed. You'll also explore how feminism, philosophy, race, religion (and more) intersect with art – and how art history relates to other fields such as business, history and international relations.
Exploring central London’s museums, galleries and auction houses, you'll be introduced to art in all its diverse forms. By examining pieces from across the world, you’ll learn how material culture can inform – and even contradict – global histories. You'll also have the chance to network with industry professionals (curators, artists, advisors), join workshops and curate your own exhibition in Regent's Knapp Gallery.
Recently, students have been able to:
- Join workshops with Philippa Abrahams – a BBC expert in artists' materials
- Visit Claridge's ArtSpace, where art can be bought in cryptocurrency
- Examine works first-hand at the British Museum
- Visit Frieze Masters and Frieze London events
- Enjoy an immersive experience at Superblue London
- Produce their own photograms at Darkroom London
You'll graduate as a critical and culturally aware thinker, with the verbal and visual skills to work in the competitive art field – but which are also transferable to a wide range of future careers.
Integrated Foundation option
The integrated foundation year has been specially designed to give you the introductory knowledge and business skills needed to confidently progress to degree-level study.
It's structured around discipline knowledge, with extra modules that introduce you to the transferable skills you'll need at degree level and beyond – giving you a solid grounding in both management principles and business skills.
Once you've successfully completed your Foundation year, you'll be able to progress to any of our business, social sciences, humanities or media undergraduate courses.
Building on this foundation, you’ll develop specialist knowledge in your chosen course.
This course is subject to validation.