What will I learn?
This course combines a solid grounding in the History of Art from the Middle Ages to the present day with Italian language classes. It is designed for students who are primarily interested in art history but who are also keen to become proficient in Italian.
You will benefit from small-class teaching by dedicated, research-active staff, with regular visits to galleries, museums and architectural sites. You will develop a wide-ranging understanding of Italian art and culture, although you will also be encouraged to explore other areas of art history. Core modules develop your ability to research and analyse text and images from different viewpoints, equipping you for careers requiring an ability to think analytically, to present ideas with clarity, and to communicate effectively with others. Integrated language modules throughout the course will build your Italian language skills, enhanced by a term in Venice in your second year.
Your first year provides a broad introduction to both subjects, including Italian language classes and core introductory modules in Classicism and the Arts of Christianity, The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity, and History of Art and Interpretation. You will spend the first term of your second year in Venice before returning to Warwick to cover specialised areas of art history and Italian, including an optional practical art module. In your third year you will focus on research-based special subject modules in art history alongside advanced Italian language. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
How will I be taught?
Modules are taught either through weekly lectures combined with seminars, or through small-group seminars alone. The fundamental importance of the direct experience of works of art is emphasised at every stage of your degree. Seminars in galleries and museums, or site visits to key monuments and buildings, are integrated into modules. You can also study a studio-based Practical Art module in your second year.
You will have on average 10 hours of contact time (including lectures, seminars, field trips and tutorials) and around 27 hours of independent study per week. We provide written feedback on essays with the option of tutorials to discuss them further, and one-to-one tutorials during the preparation of your dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
We use a variety of assessment methods throughout your degree programme, including assessed essays, examinations, a research-based dissertation and (for the Practical Art and the exhibition-based modules) a portfolio of work responding to a specific practical task. The final two years of study contribute 50% each to your final degree classification.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
In your second year, you will spend the autumn term in Venice, where you’ll study the city's art and culture at first hand with our team of Renaissance and Contemporary specialists. You will be based at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which provides a focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.
You have the opportunity to study abroad for a year with one of our partner institutions, or with the University of Monash. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level ABB
International Baccalaureate 34 points
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
We welcome applicants with nonstandard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews: We like to interview candidates before making an offer. Interviews will usually take place during the Departmental Invitation to Art History Day, at which applicants will meet with staff and current students and have the chance to find out more about our courses. Separate arrangements will
be made for students unable to travel to Warwick to have an interview by phone or by Skype.
Open Days: Invitation to Art History Days are run in addition to the University Open Days and provide
opportunities for prospective students to visit the department. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
In the first year you will take four core modules: Italian language according to level; Introduction to the History of Art: Classicism and the Arts of Christianity; Introduction to the History of Art: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity; History of Art and Interpretation. You may also take one short module in History of Art, examples are: Architecture; Landscape; Prints; Sculpture; Contemporary Art and Painting Techniques.
In your second year you will take two core modules: Venice, Rise and Myth: Art and Architecture in the Veneto (1100-1600) and Exhibiting the Contemporary, plus Modern Italian Language II with the Italian department and one long-view module in History of Art. Examples are: Art and Society in Renaissance Florence; Pilgrimage: Art, Culture and Travel in the Medieval World; Practical Art; Danish Art in the Nineteenth Century. You may also choose two short modules in History of Art such as The Spaces of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting; From Fortress to Country House; A Fine Tomorrow; Art in an Age of Revolution; Italian Baroque; Danish Art in the Nineteenth Century.
In your final year you may take take two core modules: History of the History of Art and an 8,000 word Dissertation. Optional modules from History of Art may include Globalisation and Contemporary Art; Deconstructing Medieval and Early-Modern Buildings; East meets West: the Visual Arts in Colonial and Post-colonial India; Mannerisms; Visual Art and Poetry and an optional modules from the Italian department such as Modern Italian Language.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the Department of History of Art website.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including; Aston Martin, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Christie's, BAFTA.
Examples of our graduates' job roles include: Archivist, Researcher, Marketing Executive, Gallery Manager, Exhibitions, Engagement Officer.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
3 years full time
Department of History of Art
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.