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BA in Italian and History of Art

BA Degree; UCAS code: RV33 BA/ItalHA

This joint degree is administered by the Italian department therefore this will be the home department for students throughout the course. It provides students with an opportunity to combine modules in Italian language and literature with courses in Art History. Extending over four years, including a year abroad, it provides an excellent opportunity to develop a wide-ranging understanding of Italian culture, though students will also be encouraged to develop a knowledge of other areas in the history of art.

Course Structure

Year One

In the first year all students take three core modules:

Plus One module in the Italian department. In 2016-17 these are chosen from the following:

  • IT110 Representations of Modern Italy
  • IT114 Italy and the Myth of Rome

Plus History of Art Study Skills

Year Two

Students are required to spend the second year in Italy.

Year Three

Students are required to take two core modules:

  • IT301 Modern Italian Language III
  • History of Art Independent Study Module

plus approved modules in the Department of Italian with a total weighting of 30 credits.

plus one long-view module in History of Art. Current examples are:

Year Four

Students are required to take one core module

  • IT401 Modern Italian Language IV

plus approved modules in the Department of Italian with a total weighting of 30 credits

plus one special subject and a dissertation OR two Special subjects (for students doing a dissertation in the Italian department). Current examples are:

After University

Graduates with a degree in Italian and the History of Art are well equipped to enter a range of careers which require an ability to think analytically, to present ideas with clarity, and to communicate with others easily and convincingly. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers connected in some way with the arts, such as arts administrators, publishers, picture researchers, archaeologists and curators. Most, however, enter the job market open to graduates in the Humanities more generally, and are able to compete successfully for posts in business, administration and the professions. Excellent command of Italian is, of course, a huge advantage as the UK's links within the EU grow.


Number of Units Required
21 units of study are normally required.

A/AS Levels
The typical offer we make is ABB at A level.

Vocational A Levels and Mixed Portfolios
The Department is happy to consider candidates offering 12, 6 or 3 unit awards. The grades required will be similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

Access Courses
A pass in a kite-marked course is required, together with a minimum of 18 credits at Level 3.

Irish Leaving Certificate
The typical offer is ABBBBB.

Scottish Qualifications
The typical offer is ABB at Advanced Higher.

International Baccalaureate
The typical offer is 34 points.

Essential Subjects of Study
There are no special entry requirements for History of Art, although a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language is desirable. History, History of Art or a language are ideal subjects for Advanced or Higher level study, but those not taking one of these are welcome to apply.

General Studies and Key Skills
Offers will normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. The University welcomes but does not require a Key Skills qualification.

Taking a Gap Year
The department welcomes applications for deferred entry from students taking a gap year.

For full details of how to apply go to the University Prospectus.

Meet Us

Please contact us to arrange a visit:

History of Art Department
Millburn House
University of Warwick
United Kingdom

+44 (0)24 7652 3005

Admissions Advice

Jenny Alexander

Admissions Tutor

Dr Jenny Alexander (jennifer dot s dot alexander at warwick dot ac dot uk)