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BA in History of Art Course Breakdown

Year 1

Modules accruing a total of 120 credits are taken as outlined below, and are assessed by a combination of essays and examinations. You will also be required to submit other pieces of work for all of your modules, which will not count towards your final assessment but for which you will be given feedback.
 
1. Introduction to Art History: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity
30 credits. Core Module, Autumn Term
The module consists of two lectures and a seminar a week.
 
2. Introduction to Art History:Classicism and the Arts of Christianity
30 credits. Core Module, Spring Term
The module consists of two lectures and a seminar a week.
 
3. History of Art and Interpretation
15 credits. Core Module, Spring Term
This is a module based on the study of Waddesdon Manor and its collection of art and artefacts from the 18th century to the late 20th. It consists of a linked series of visits to Waddesdon and seminars at Warwick. Students will study in detail a work of art from the collection for a presentation and assessment.
 
4. History of Art Short Modules
3 x 15 credits. Optional Modules, two in the Autumn term, one in the Spring term
Each short module consists of weekly seminars and involves close study of a particular genre or medium of art (eg. landscape, prints, architecture).
 
5. History of Art Study Skills Module
Core module. Autumn Term and Spring terms
This module is designed to enable you to make the transition from school to university and to begin to acquire the research skills you need for your undergraduate studies. It is assessed within the introduction to art history modules and it is mandatory.
You will have a weekly class in the autumn and spring terms and there will be several written exercises.

Year 2

Modules accruing a total of 120 credits are taken as outlined below, and are assessed by a combination of essays and examinations. You will be able to submit other pieces of non-assessed work for which you will be given feedback, but these are not compulsory.
 
1 . Venice, Rise and Myth: Art and Architecture in the Veneto (1100-1600)
30 credits. Core Module, Autumn term.
This module is taught in situ in Venice with lectures, seminars and site visits, both in Venice itself and in the Veneto.
 
2. Exhibiting the Contemporary
30 credits. Core Module, Autumn term.
This module is taught in situ in Venice with lectures, seminars and site visits, both in and around the Venice Biennale and in the wider region.
NB Students unable to go to Venice for personal reasons will take a module in another department for 30 credits (or two 15 credit modules) and will undertake a 30 credit independent research project in History of Art.
 
3. History of Art Long-view Module
30 credits. Optional Modules, Spring term.
The lecture/seminar structure of each long-view module will be tailored to the nature of the subject being studied.
 
4. History of Art Short Modules
2 x 15 credits. Optional Modules, two in the Spring term.
The themed short modules consist of weekly in-depth seminars or Studio sessions in the case of the Practical Art module.

Year 3

Modules and a dissertation accruing a total of 120 credits are taken as outlined below.

1. Practices of the Art History
30 credits. Core module, Autumn term.
This module builds on the ideas and themes introduced in the first year History of Art and Interpretation module.
 
2. History of Art Special Subjects
2 x 30 credits. Optional Modules, one in the Autumn term, one in the Spring term.
These modules are taught through intensive weekly seminars.
 
3. Dissertation
30 credits. Core Module.
Work on the dissertation begins early in the second year with the bulk of the research completed in the vacation before the third year. The collation and writing up takes place in the Spring term of the Third year.