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Liberal Studies (Art History)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: January 2020: £17,750, September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: V350
  • Study abroad: Optional

In an increasingly complex modern world, you need a degree that allows you to pursue your interests, while broadening your horizons.

We offer a US-style Liberal Studies degree that combines your chosen subject with a range of different subjects and ideas. Our programme enables you to select a specialism - or "major" - as well as a broad range of electives from different subject areas.

Liberal Arts degrees are designed to produce rounded, adaptable citizens who have strong values, a strong respect for knowledge, and valuable critical thinking skills. These are skills that will help you to secure a place in this fast-moving economy, and test your leadership and collaborative skills.

Our modern approach will:

- Shape your character, and encourage you to work individually and as part of a team

- Develop leadership skills, while recognising the importance of community, adaptability and cooperation

- Refine your critical thinking skills, and reflect on your own thoughts and actions

- Complement your specialist knowledge with broader skills and insights from other disciplines

In addition to your specialism, you will select a number of electives per year from different subject areas, ranging from psychology to journalism, acting, business, or music. You will add depth to your learning by improving your communication skills, grasp of scientific method and quantitative literacy.

This programme is for students that wish to specialise in Art History as their major. Art History isn't just the study of images or objects. It is a discipline that explores where and when a notable piece was produced, and the unique circumstances and ideas that helped create it.

On this programme, you will:

  • Study artworks from around the world
  • Learn how to evaluate and discuss art
  • Discover more about the creative process
  • Explore the social, political, economic and cultural factors that influence artists.

You'll be in the perfect place to discover art and creativity throughout the centuries. Our beautiful Regent's Park location in the heart of London, will enable you to explore stunning galleries, museums and exhibitions. Many of our classes take place in public and private galleries and venues across the city, enabling you to study artworks up-close.

Programme Brochure

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This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Art History major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3. 

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Contemporary Art The module aims to introduce students to the wide diversity of contemporary art, from traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, to more recent media including film and photography. Its purpose is to increase students’ comprehension of the multiple factors involved in the production and reception of contemporary art through gallery visits and classroom discussions. The module aims to develop critical reading and research skills through first hand analysis of writings on contemporary art which students explore for their presentations and written work.

Core Module for Art History majors.
Introduction to Drawing Students are introduced to practices in drawing. The aim is to gain confidence in drawing ability through two key methods: weekly classes in which students draw using a variety of materials and the study of drawings in the history of art. Students develop their observational skills by examining subjects in a wide range of settings.

Core module for Art History majors.
Introduction to the History of Art (part 1) The module aims to introduce students to the history of art. It is structured to cover material from across time and regions around the world in order to explore ongoing underlying themes. The module aims to introduce students to works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures to examine the relationship between the work of art and the social and political context in which it was produced and received.

Core module for Art History majors.
Introduction to the History of Art (part 2) The module introduces students to the history of art. It is structured to cover material from across periods and regions around the world and explore ongoing underlying themes and issues. The module aims to introduce students to works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures in order to examine the relationships between works and the social and political contexts in which they were produced and received. Introduction to the History of Art II covers works of art and artefacts from the Baroque to early Modernism. The module explores the effects of political change and growing industrialisation with regard to the production and reception of art.

Core module for Art History majors.
Introductory Special Subject in Art History This module offers students the opportunity to study specific themes and topics relating to the history of art and visual culture. Students develop visual literacy through study of works on visits and in classroom sessions. They develop research skills through analysis of written texts which students explore for class discussions and written work.

Core module for Art History majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Art and Business The module explores the complex interactions between art and business. To do so, it examines the institutions of the art market, including commercial galleries, art fairs and auction houses as well as more recent developments in online auction sites and emerging markets. It addresses issues relating to collecting and investment in the contemporary sphere as well as historic examples. The module explores how works of art function as financial assets compared with other investments and how art is invested in both by private and corporate collectors.

Core module for Art History majors.
Early Renaissance Art and Society The module follows the development of Renaissance art in Italy, from the late Medieval period through to the end of the fifteenth century. This module emphasises the major artists and trends in the arts of Italy including painting, drawing and sculpture but also examines work by artists from Northern Europe who pioneered the technique of painting in oil. London holds an impressive collection of Renaissance art and this module is orientated around direct observations of paintings and other artworks in collections in the capital. A practical session will allow students to understand the different media used and how a painting is actually prepared and made.

The primary aim is for students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of relevant historical, cultural, social, political and religious factors at play. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the different purposes art served during the period studied and of the stylistic developments occasioned by those purposes. Given that assessment entails the writing of an essay, the module will provide an opportunity for students to develop research and writing skills and employ logical thinking.

Core module for Art History majors.
High Renaissance Art and Mannerism The primary aim of this module is for students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of relevant historical, cultural, social, political and religious factors at play. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the different purposes art served during the period studied and of the stylistic developments occasioned by those purposes. Given that assessment entails the writing of an essay, the module will provide an opportunity for students to develop research and writing skills and employ logical thinking.

Core module for Art History majors.
Baroque Art This module introduces students to the art of the seventeenth century in Europe. This module emphasises the major artists and trends in the arts of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, France and England with a focus on its international nature and as a response to intellectual and cultural forces such as the Counter-Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.

Core module for Art History majors.
Intermediate Special Subject in Art History This module offers students the opportunity to study specific themes and topics relating to the history of art and visual culture. Students develop visual literacy through study of works on visits and in classroom sessions. Building on skills learned at levels 1-4, the module will engage with more advanced techniques in art historical analysis.

Core module for Art History majors.

Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Curating The module addresses the issues relevant to curating, with regard to key texts, terms and methods. It examines how contemporary forms of curating have developed in relation to historic examples. It analyses museums and commercial galleries as cultural institutions, embedded in the social and political realms. The module explores the presentation and reception of works of art and artefacts, in both temporary exhibitions and permanent displays with regard to methods of display and spectatorship in a wide range of venues.

Core module for Art History majors.
Enlightenment to Impressionism This module traces intellectual and cultural currents from the Enlightenment through Revolution to birth of Impressionism, encompassing Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism and early Modernism in art. While the artists of France will be studied in detail, this module will also introduce students to British Art of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Core module for Art History majors.
Modernism to Postmodernism The module explores a variety of movements and practices through the 20th century in relation to the broader concepts of Modernism and Postmodernism. Teaching and learning methods are designed to enable students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of various movements in the context of relevant historical, cultural, social and political factors.

Core module for Art History majors.
Writing about Art The module engages students in the history of writing about the visual arts. It explores the theories and methods that have been used to examine the visual, both historically and in contemporary practices. Students examine the ways in which meaning is produced and communicated. The module develops students’ ability to identify and apply a range of writing methods.

Core module for Art History majors.
Major Capstone (dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for

Application deadlines

January 2020

Priority Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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September 2020

Early Deadline - Wednesday 11 December 2019

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Priority Deadline - Wednesday 15 January 2020

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Late Deadline - Wednesday 25 March 2020

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Starting September 2020: £18,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Please note, requirements for future intakes are subject to change.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.
 

 

As a liberal studies student, you will be attractive to many different companies due to your adaptability, research abilities and communication skills.

American businessman and investor Mark Cuban believes that liberal arts graduates will become increasingly in demand in fields such as engineering because they need a "freer thinker" and 'a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data'.

Graduates of our Liberal Studies (Art History) programme have gone on to careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Media
  • Museums, galleries and auction houses

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Art History)

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Art History) with Integrated Foundation

Martha Moskowitz

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"Studying in London has afforded me access to some of the best art in the world and has opened my eyes to new career options and new perspectives on art and its importance in society." Martha Moskowitz