Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Italian Studies and History of Art: UCL-Venice Double Degree BA

The unique UCL-Venice Double Degree in Italian Studies and History of Art integrates two different learning experiences, teaching methods, and modes of assessment, spanning two different countries and cultures. This challenging programme, taught between London and Venice, represents a new model for the teaching of language-literature in higher education. As the first two years of this programme are taught in Italy, prior knowledge of Italian is essential.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Italian required.
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Italian.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Italian at Advanced Higher

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB, to include A level Italian.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will gain an enhanced linguistic competence and the ability to mediate between different cultural contexts. These are qualities that are sought after by global employers. 

  • Venice, one of the most important cities of the medieval world, offers unparalleled cultural experiences in the form of history, art, architecture, and literature. 

  • Exceptional resources for Italian studies are available in the UCL Library, including five special collections on Italian studies. UCL also hosts a substantial video library of Italian films. 

  • Venice and UCL have excellent reputations and attract international scholars, critics and writers, all of whom contribute to teaching. You will be able to make the most of partnerships with FilmItalia and the Festival of Short films.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

During the first two years as a fully enrolled University of Venice student at Ca' Foscari, you will take compulsory modules in history of art, Italian literature, linguistics and history. You will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to develop areas of personal interest. The majority of teaching will be in Italian.

During the last two years at UCL, you will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning by choosing from a vast range of modules available via the Italian and History of Art departments and the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS). These modules may include focuses on literature, history, linguistics, and film.

Your final dissertation will be supervised by both UCL and Ca' Foscari. You will have the benefit of resources available to students at both universities. 

You will be fully supported and supervised during your studies in Venice and London by a Director of Studies and through a tutor system. This structure is there to help you choose a coherent curriculum and enable you to get the most out of both locations.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Letteratura italiana
Storia della letteratura artistica
Metodologia della ricerca storico-artistica
Storia della lingua italiana

Optional modules

You will choose one History subject from:
Storia Romana
Storia Contemporanea
Storia Greca
Storia Mediovale
Storia moderna

Core or compulsory module(s)

There are no compulsory modules in year two.

Optional modules

You will choose a minimum of three from the following History of Art subjects:
Storia dell’Architettura
Storia dell’arte contemporanea
Storia dell’arte medievale
Storia dell’arte moderna
Storia dell’arte contemporanea I
Storia dell’arte mediavale I
Storia dell’arte moderna I
Storia dell’arte bizantina
Storia della committenza artistica sec. XV-XVI
Storia della committenza artistica sec. XVII-XVIII
Fondamenti di storia della fotografia

Two Italian Literature subjects :
Letteratura italiana 1 (Mediavale)
Letteratura italiana 2 (Umanistica)
Letteratura italiana 3 (Rinascimentale e Barocca)
Letteratura italiana 4 (Illuministica e Romantica)

One Latin or Classical Culture subject:
Lingua e letteratura latina
Introduzione alla cultura classica

Core or compulsory module(s)

Issues in Italian Syntax
English Academic Writing and Translation Skills or Second-year Italian Language
One advanced-level undergraduate module or two intermediate-level undergraduate modules in the History of Art
Either Methodologies of Art History or History of the Category Art

Optional modules

You will choose one Italian Literature module, for example:
Dante, Purgatorio
Renaissance Authors|
Italian Literature 1860-1925
The Italian Novel

One History/Sociological/Cultural module, for example:
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race Laws of 1938
Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema

and one intermediate-level module on Italian Art e.g. Futurism in Italy

Core or compulsory module(s)

The Syntax of Information Structure
Final-year Italian Language
One advanced-level undergraduate module in the History of Art
Final-year dissertation in either History of Art or Italian

Optional modules

You will choose either one Italian Literature module or one Sociological/Cultural module.

Italian Literature modules include:
Dante: Divina Commedia
Dante and Petrarch
Poesia Italian tra Otto e Novecento
The Contemporary Italian Novel

Sociological/Cultural modules include:
Marriage and Divorce Italian-Style (1861-1975)
Cultures of Tradition and Modernity
Nation, Culture and Society

and one History module, for example:
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race Laws of 1938
Imagining the Nation
Italian Unification
WWI as an Italian War

Your learning

The first two years are studied at Ca' Foscari and follow their degree structure. This will consist of 70% compulsory core modules and 30% selected optional modules. Teaching is conducted via classroom teaching and in workshops—there is also the opportunity for internships.

The final two years are taught at UCL and will include language and cultural modules.Teaching is delivered in lecture and seminars.

Final dissertations are overseen by both UCL and Venice.


You will be examined through continuous assessment, take-home essays, presentations and oral and unseen examinations. For some modules, you may choose between an extended essay and a formal examination. The final dissertation is optional; if selected, it is written in English.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Italian Studies and History of Art: UCL-Venice Double Degree BA.


By the final year, we aim to equip you with spoken and written language skills similar to those of an educated Italian. The language and transferable skills developed throughout the degree can be applied in a wide variety of professions both in the UK and abroad.

Our graduates find employment in numerous areas, including teaching, media, journalism and other arts-related fields as well as in the commercial and industrial sectors. It is also open to students of the department with a good first degree to continue their studies in Italian at graduate level by way of taught MA programmes and by research leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD.


The first cohort of students to be admitted to this degree is due to graduate in 2021. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is not yet available. Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from European Languages, Culture and Society programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.

  • Trainee Interior Designer, Percy Bass Ltd.
  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte
  • Writer and Researcher, Chambers & Partners

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19 at UCL) 1st and 2nd year students pay fees directly to Ca?Foscari Venice; fees for 2018 entry are still to be confirmed (details: http://unive.it/); 3rd and 4th year fees are paid to UCL.
Overseas students
£19,390 (2018/19 at UCL). 1st and 2nd year students pay fees directly to Ca?Foscari Venice; fees for 2018 entry are still to be confirmed (details: http://unive.it/); 3rd and 4th year fees are paid to UCL.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Please apply for Italian Studies: UCL-Venice Double Degree through UCAS, and specify the History of Art pathway.

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in developing an international understanding of literature, culture and history. A reasonably mature approach to studies, the capability to face the challenges of living abroad, and an interest in Italian are all of paramount importance. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we will invite you to a post-offer open day where you can experience the sort of teaching we offer as well as life in SELCS.

There is the possibility of interviews for students who know Italian but have no formal qualifications in order to verify that their competences are sufficient to enrol in this course.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistics abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. There may be an interview as part of the selection process. We may also interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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