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History of Art BA
UCAS code: V350
UCL is one of the most exciting places to study history of art in the country. This programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the visual arts, covering a wide range of visual imagery and making use of London's extensive public collections, libraries, museums and architecture.
- Entry requirements
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- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|Subjects||No specific subjects, though essay-based subjects are an advantage.|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.|
|Subjects||A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. A minimum of grade 4 is required at standard level in a modern language.|
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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- High-quality research undertaken by staff, which is reflected in our research assessment profile, informs the content of our undergraduate courses, keeping our teaching at the forefront of the discipline.
- We have specialists on all periods from the medieval onwards, with particular strength in the study of contemporary art, and two experts in the technical analysis of paintings.
- UCL Art Museum houses an important collection of artworks, which is used regularly to support our teaching. These include works by Turner and Rembrandt, as well as important twentieth-century prints.
- UCL's central location in London is within walking distance of the British Museum and British Library and provides easy access to the National Gallery, the Tate Galleries and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The programme begins with introductory courses in History of Art and its Objects and a Foundation Course in History of Art, together with thematic seminars. You will continue with courses set mainly within two chosen periods in the second year and in the final year you will select special subjects offered within the department or, in certain circumstances, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Courtauld Institute or Birkbeck College.
You will also take courses in a subsidiary subject (Anthropology, Archaeology, History or Philosophy) to help build a solid foundation to comprehend visual culture, both past and present.
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and may include visits to monuments, film archives and sessions in the painting analysis laboratory. Seminars may relate to a lecture series and involve travel within the UK or abroad. On a more frequent basis, first-year thematic seminars take place at London's many art collections and exhibitions.
Coursework, essays and written examinations will all be used as means of formal assessment of your work.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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).
Further details on department website: History of Art BA
The programme is broad and rigorous, making graduates fully competitive for jobs both within and outside the area of visual arts. The department takes seriously the need for students to develop presentational and other skills alongside the specific analytical and interpretive skills associated with the History of Art.
UCL's History of Art graduates have a record of success in careers in museums and galleries, academia, the art trade, the heritage industry, art publishing, art conservation and teaching. The unique combination of visual sensitivity and intellectual rigour has also proved valuable in journalism, publishing and advertising.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Administrator, Victoria and Albert Museum (2012)
- Client Development Analyst, Christies (2012)
- Director of Charity, New End Art Foundation (2012)
- Full-time student, MA in History of Design at Royal College of Art (2011)
- Intern, M & C Saatchi (2011)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
We welcome applicants who have a serious interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of art history. Entry is highly competitive, but you will not be required to have studied history of art before. However, advanced study in text-intensive subjects like history or English would be an advantage.
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.
Applicants will be assessed not only on academic achievement, but on evidence of intellectual curiosity, and of critical appreciation of visual culture.
If we are considering making you an offer you will be asked to complete a short written exercise, and then invited to the department on an open day to meet the teaching staff and learn more about the degree programme.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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