ITALIAN AND HISTORY OF ART (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
Europe’s ancient civilizations.
This joint honours degree is split 50:50 between Italian and History of Art. You will develop a high level of linguistic competency in Italian alongside the study of Italian art and the culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilizations.
In addition to Italian language in year 1, you will take an Italian culture module and foundational modules in Art History. In intermediate and final years at Warwick you can choose from optional modules which range from studying the arts of modernity to exploring the cultural approaches to modern Italy. In your final year, along with other core and optional modules you may choose to research and write a dissertation bridging the two disciplines.
Your year abroad (taken in either your second or third year) will normally be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture.
This is a joint degree (50% Italian, 50% Art History) equally weighted between both disciplines and studied in both departments. Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level. In addition to Italian language in year 1, you will take an Italian culture module and foundational modules in Art History. In intermediate and final years at Warwick you can choose from optional modules which range from studying the arts of modernity to exploring the cultural approaches to modern Italy. In your final year, along with other core and optional modules you may choose to research and write a dissertation bridging the two disciplines.
Your year abroad will normally be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture.
We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.
Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.
Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.
Italian Language modules are mostly assessed by 100% examination. Culture modules are either fully assessed by coursework or offer the option of 50% essay/50% exam.
The first year does not count towards the final mark. The intermediate and final year are equally weighted.
Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.
You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:
1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
3. On a work placement
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.
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A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language
IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
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 demonstrate required language skills.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
- Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
- An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)
- The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity
- Classicism and the Arts of Christianity
- Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
- History of Art Independent Study Module
- Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
- Introducing Dante’s Hell
- Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
- Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
- Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
- Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
- Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
- Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
- Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
- Architecture Prints
- Painting Techniques
- Contemporary Art
- Art and Culture since the 60s
- Art and Visual Perception
- From Fortress to Country House; A Fine Tomorrow
- Practical Art
- Art of the Baroque
- The Renaissance: North and South
- Spanish Painting of the Golden Age
- Spanish Art
- Deconstructing Medieval and Early Modern Buildings
- The Lure of the Object
- East Meets West
- Visual Art and Poetry
Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:
British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.
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A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language
IB:36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
The course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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