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Liberal Studies (Art History)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Jan 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: LS01
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also study a variety of other topics.

The Integrated Foundation is designed for those who do not meet the requirements for direct entry onto the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Art History). During this year, you will take a broader look at some of the key topics on the degree programme including international relations, psychology and media studies. This will provide you with a foundation of core knowledge and skills to confidently progress onto the degree programme.

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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.

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Structure

This is a four-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.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Foundation year

Module Title Overview
Business and Management This module introduces you to the study of business. You will examine both its structure and functions in a global environment, giving you a better understanding of different business structures and ownership, key concepts, economic principles and major business functions such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. You will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and the ethical dilemmas in business.
Humanities This module will introduce you to the different academic disciplines across the humanities. Focusing on a specific subject or theme, you will examine the distinct approaches of each discipline. This may include art history, music, philosophy, history, film studies, religious studies and English literature. This process will help you understand how these disciplines relate and contribute to your overall academic knowledge.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global issues. It also introduces you to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organisations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media-saturated environment, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will give you a better understanding of the relationship between media, society and culture. You will map the history of media, beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. You will also gain an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications, examining theories such as mass communications and convergence culture. This foundation will enable you to approach critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Political Science This module focuses on core concepts of political science such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, and the government. You will be introduced to methods of inquiry and, using key theoretical frameworks, critically analyse a wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. This module aims to develop your research skills in order to build strong arguments which are backed up by a wide range of diverse and reliable sources. This will enhance your understanding of the complexities of political phenomena.
Psychology This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology and its applications. You will establish basic skills in research and writing and learn how they are applied in psychology. This will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and how it relates to other subjects both at a theoretical and applied level. To contextualise your studies, you’ll be encouraged to attend talks hosted by guest speakers, specialists and practitioners as part of the University’s ‘Careers in Psychology’ talk series.
Quantitative Literacy This module will train you in the basic concepts of data analysis. You will cover probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on ‘real world’ application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.
Scientific Understanding The module will introduce you to the core principles of science. You will explore the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and microscale. This will give you an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. You will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and in biotechnology in communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Foundation Seminars 1 and 2 These two modules will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition. You will examine some of the greatest works in literature, philosophy, religion, art and science, from the ancient world to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution to contemporary society. Partaking in lively debates and discussions will enable you to gain a better understanding of how these major ideas relate to each other and to the world around us.

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

September 2020

Early deadline: Wednesday 13 November 2019.
Priority deadline: Wednesday 15 January 2020.
Late deadline: Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Extended deadline: Wednesday 10 June 2020.
Final deadline: Wednesday 19 August.

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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 and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Annual Tuition fee

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

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

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 programmes are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The teaching staff for the Art History major are as follows:

Julia Weiner
Deborah Schultz
Karen Colley

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.

Entry requirements

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 at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English Language requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have 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.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide an on-campus English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be arranged in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. Please note, the REPT test will be free of charge until 31 May 2020. From 1 June 2020, there will be a £50 charge to take the REPT test.

Careers

As a liberal studies graduate, 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) with Integrated Foundation

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Art History)

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell