BA Italian Studies: UCL-Venice Double Degree
This innovative Double Degree is a unique opportunity to obtain two degrees (UCL BA in Italian Studies or Italian and History of Art plus the equivalent Italian Laurea in Lettere) with two years of study in Venice and two in London.
- The four-year UCL-Venice Double Degree in Italian Studies or Italian and History of Art, provides a stimulating, innovative programme of Italian language and linguistics, literature, art, history and film. The first two years are spent in Venice, Italy, offering unrivalled possibilities both for developing your linguistic proficiency and for immersing yourself in Italian culture. Previous knowledge of Italian is required.
- Our department was the first to offer Italian Studies in the UK and is the only one to have a writer-in-residence on the staff.
- Staff include experts in all periods of Italian literature, as well as historians, cultural historians and linguists.
- Exceptional resources for Italian studies are available in the UCL Library, including five special collections on Italian studies, and a substantial video library of Italian films. The Warburg Institute Library is within short walking distance of the Italian department.
- The department regularly welcomes distinguished visitors, including academics, critics, writers and actors to conduct seminars and workshops, hold theatre and music performances, and film screenings, including a partnership with FilmItalia.
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.
Students take a total of 120 ECTS from each institution (240 in total) of which 180 count towards the awarding of the degree. The remaining 60 can be transferred in Italy at MA level.
Path A - Italian Studies
Path B - Italian Studies & History of Art
Year One - Venice
Letteratura Italiana Letteratura Italiana Istituzioni di filologia Storia della lingua italiana Linguistica Italiana I Storia della letteratura artistica Storia della lingua italiana Metodologia della ricerca storico-artistica
One History subject: One History subject: Storia Greca Storia Greca Storia romana Storia Romana Storia Medioevale Storia Medioevale Storia Moderna Storia Moderna Storia Contemporanea Storia Contemporanea Two Performing Arts subjects: Critica musicale Fondamenti di storia della fotografia Storia del cinema europeo Storia del teatro e dello spettacolo
Year Two - Venice
One Latin or Classical culture subject:
Critica e Teoria Letteraria Lingua e letteratura latina Letteratura Italiana Contemporanea Introduzione alla cultura classica Italiano professionale Two Italian Literature subjects: Analisi del film e del linguaggio audiovisivo Letteratura Italiana 1 (Medievale) Co-tutoring of the final project Letteratura Italiana 2 (Umanistica)
Letteratura Italiana 3 (Rinascimentale e Barocca) One Latin or Classical culture subject: Letteratura Italiana 4 (Illuministica e Romantica) Lingua e letteratura latina Three to Six History of Art subjects: Introduzione alla cultura classica Storia dell'Architettura;
Two Italian Literature subjects:
Storia dell’arte contemporanea I Letteratura Italiana 1 (Medievale) Storia dell’arte contemporanea II Letteratura Italiana 2 (Umanistica) Storia dell’arte medievale I Letteratura Italiana 3 (Rinascimentale e Barocca) Storia dell’arte medievale II Letteratura Italiana 4 (Illuministica e Romantica) Storia dell’arte moderna I Storia dell’arte moderna II Storia dell’arte bizantina Storia della committenza artistica sec. XV – XVI Storia della committenza artistica sec. XVII – XVIII Fondamenti di storia della fotografia
Year Three - UCL
- At least one Italian Literature subject subject to a total of at least two being taken over years three and four
- One Italian Literature subject:
Dante, Purgatorio Dante, Purgatorio Renaissance Authors Renaissance Authors Italian Literature 1860-1925; Italian Literature 1860-1925 The Italian Novel The Italian Novel
- At least one History/Sociology subjects (subject to a total of at least three being taken over years three and four):
- One History/Sociological/Cultural subject:
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race Laws of 1938 Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race Laws of 1938 Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema Futurism in Italy
- One subject in Linguistics or Syntax:
- One subject in Linguistics or Syntax:
Issues in Italian Syntax Issues in Italian Syntax
- English Academic Writing and Translation Skills / Second-year Italian Language
- Either English Academic Writing and Translation Skills (as advised by the Italian Department at UCL) or Final Year Italian Language
- One Advanced level UG course in the History of Art
Or 2 x Intermediate level History of Art courses
- 1.5 c.u. from remaining ITAL modules, or ELCS intermediate modules
- One from either HART2002 Methodologies of Art History or HART2001 History of the Category Art
- One Italian Art Intermediate level e.g. Futurism in Italy
Final Year - UCL
- At least one Italian Literature subject to a total of at least two being taken over years three and four:
- EITHER One Italian Literature subject:
Dante: Divina Commedia Dante: Divina Commedia Dante and Petrarch Dante and Petrarch Poesia Italiana tra Otto e Novecento Poesia Italiana tra Otto e Novecento The Contemporary Italian Novel The Contemporary Italian Novel Michelangelo painter sculptor & poet OR One Sociological/Cultural subject:
- At least one History/Sociology subject to a total of at least three being taken over years three and four:
Marriage and Divorce Italian Style (1861-1975) Marriage and Divorce Italian Style (1861-1975) Nation, Culture and Society Nation, Culture and Society Cultures of Tradition and Modernity Cultures of Tradition and Modernity
- One History subject:
- One subject in Linguistics or Syntax
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race Laws of 1938 The Syntax of Information Structure Imagining the Nation: Italian Unification
- 1.5 c.u. from remaining ITAL modules, or ELCS advanced modules
WW1 as an Italian War
- Final Dissertation (compulsory)
- One Subject in Linguistics or Syntax
The Syntax of Information Structure
- Final-year Italian Language
- One Advanced level UG course in the History of Art
- Final year Dissertation in EITHER History of Art OR Italian
- Italian A-level at grade A or equivalent required.
- English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.
Italian language requirement
As you will be studying in Italy for your first two years of this programme, you will need a minimum of A-level standard Italian language. We welcome applications from those with Italian language but without a formal qualification in the language. You may be invited for interview to test your language skills prior to offer.
International and Alternative UK Qualifications
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
For entry requirements with international and other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, please see the entry requirements on the Prospective Student website.
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.
These entrance requirements refer to the September 2018 intake, and may be subject to revision for 2019. This page will be updated in September 2018 with subject-specific entrance requirements for students planning to commence their degrees in September 2019.
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.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- 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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Application and next steps
As you will be studying in Italy for your first two years of this programme, you will need an appropriate level of Italian language. We welcome applications from those with Italian language but without a formal qualification in the language. You may be invited for interview to test your language skills prior to offer.
When considering your application, we look for evidence of an interest in Italian literature, culture or language structure, and enthusiasm for learning a modern language.
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 you may be invited to an interview for this programme.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students