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History of Art with Material Studies BA
UCAS code: V3F2
This degree provides a unique focus on works of art as physical objects. You will gain comprehensive skills in art history, together with a thorough understanding of artists' techniques and questions of materiality, both at the time a work of art was made, and subsequently as it ages and deteriorates.
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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 16-17 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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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.
- The programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of the visual cultures encompassed by the term Western Art, making use where possible of artworks in London.
- The department includes well-known specialists on all periods from the medieval onwards. We have particular strength in the study of contemporary art, material science, and conservation and preservation.
- The department houses the Material Studies Laboratory, consisting of two spaces, one dedicated to teaching and handling materials and artefacts, with the second focusing on the instrumental analysis of heritage materials.
- 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 also take a basic science course for non-scientists and a Methods and Materials of Artists course, which will introduce you to the major classes of materials found within museum collections, and address their application as artists' materials.
Courses in the second year delve deeper into the technical aspects of art. These may include History, Theory, and Practice of Conservation, Methods and Materials II, and The Development and Application of Textiles in Works of Art and Artefacts.
In the final year, all students write a research project of approximately 10,000 words. This must have a technical element, combined with art historical research. The Art/Work/Spaces course enables you to gain practical work experience outside the department while writing an independent research project reflecting critically on this experience.
You may also take courses from outside History of Art in departments such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Chemistry, Geology, or History, with the agreement of the department concerned and your course tutors.
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and may include visits to monuments, film archives and sessions in the Material Studies 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 with Material Studies BA
You will gain the skills necessary to carry out historical and technical projects, communicate effectively, interpret material analysis, and to pursue academic research or take up responsible employment in a variety of contexts.
This BA provides an excellent basis for any career dealing at first hand with works of art, such as museum and gallery curators and registrars, art dealers, valuers and auctioneers. It is also a good foundation for those wishing to take up further training in any discipline within art conservation.
Any profession dealing with art would benefit from the expertise gained from this degree.
First destinations of recent graduates (2009-2012) of this programme include:
- Assistant Manager, The National Gallery (2012)
- Full-time student, MA in History of Art at UCL (2012)
- Assistant Press Officer, Tate Britain (2011)
- Fundraising Assistant, Jozef Pilsudski Institute (2011)
- Full-time student, Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation at Courtauld Institute of Art (2009)
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 history, English or a language 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.
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Fees and funding
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