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BA Italian Studies: UCL-Venice Double Degree

UCAS Code: R301

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. 

Overview

Degree benefits

  • 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.

Structure

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

Compulsory Modules

Compulsory Modules

Letteratura ItalianaLetteratura Italiana
Istituzioni di filologiaStoria della lingua italiana
Linguistica Italiana IStoria della letteratura artistica
Storia della lingua italianaMetodologia della ricerca storico-artistica

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

One History subject: One History subject: 
Storia GrecaStoria Greca
Storia romanaStoria Romana
Storia MedioevaleStoria Medioevale
Storia ModernaStoria 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 

Compulsory Modules

 

One Latin or Classical culture subject:

Critica e Teoria Letteraria Lingua e letteratura latina
Letteratura Italiana ContemporaneaIntroduzione alla cultura classica                          
Italiano professionaleTwo Italian Literature subjects:
Analisi del film e del linguaggio audiovisivoLetteratura Italiana 1 (Medievale)
Co-tutoring of the final project Letteratura Italiana 2 (Umanistica)

Optional Modules

Letteratura Italiana 3 (Rinascimentale e Barocca)
One Latin or Classical culture subject:Letteratura Italiana 4 (Illuministica e Romantica)
Lingua e letteratura latinaThree 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 module, subject to a total of at least two being taken over years three and four
  • One Italian Literature module or one History/Sociological/Cultural module:
  • At least one  History/Sociology module (subject to a total of  at least three being taken over years three and four):
  • One module in Linguistics or Syntax:
  • One  module in Linguistics or 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 from either HART2002 Methodologies of Art History or HART2001 History of the Category Art
  • 45 credits from  remaining  ITAL* modules, or ELCS* Year 2 modules
  • One Final Year UG module in the History of Art

    Or 2 x Year 2 History of Art module

 
  • One Italian Art Year 2  e.g. Futurism in Italy

Final Year - UCL

  • At least one Italian Literature module to a total of at least two being taken over years three and four:
  • One Italian Literature module or one Sociological/Cultural History module;
  • At least one History/Sociology module to a total of  at least three being taken over years three and four:
  • One module in Linguistics or Syntax:
  • One module in Linguistics or Syntax
  • Final-year Italian Language module:
  • 1.5 c.u. from  remaining  ITAL* modules, or ELCS* Final Year modules
  • One Advanced level UG course in the History of Art:
  • Final Dissertation (compulsory)
  • Final year Dissertation  in EITHER History of Art OR Italian
Modules
Click here for a full list of all UG (BA) modules in SELCS.
Entry

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Italian A-level at grade A or equivalent required.
GCSEs
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, click here for further details.

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
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.

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.

Careers

 

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.

Destinations

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.

Apply

Your application

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

Selection

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