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History of Art with Italian (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study History of Art with Italian at Warwick?

  • Our wide-ranging courses emphasise scholarship, enquiry and creativity. Your degree is designed to allow you to select modules that suit your interests, with site visits an integral part of the course.
  • Venice is at the heart of our History of Art and History of Art with Italian degrees. We are the only art history department in the UK to enable you to spend a full term studying in Venice. Our students and staff are based at the University’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
  • We are second in the UK for the percentage of Art History research publications achieving the highest classification in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 46% of these publications assessed as ‘world leading’. The benefit of working alongside scholars of such international standing is that you have great opportunities to join one of the most dynamic and cutting-edge places to study the History of Art.
  • Part of your course will be delivered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, which was ranked ninth in the Guardian University Guide 2016. This will give you access to outstanding language facilities, including:
    - the University Language centre, where you will find resources relating to a variety of languages, and opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study;
    - the Transnational Resource Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs and videos in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

Dr Jenny Alexander

History of Art

Tommy Loftus

History of Art student

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics


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. 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 studiobased 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?

Along with History of Art students you will spend the autumn term in Venice, where you will 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.

History of Art and French Studies students will spend their entire third year studying or working abroad to develop their French language skills and to explore important historical sites, monuments and works of art in the francophone world.

There are also opportunities to study at our partner institutions, which currently include those in Berlin or Pisa, for a period of time. 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.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB

International Baccalaureate 34 points

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

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

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Further information

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, during 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 international students to have an interview by phone or by Skype.

Departmental Open Days Departmental Open 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 and 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; Practical Art and 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; Art in an Age of Revolution; Danish Art in the Nineteenth Century; Architecture in the Age of Chivalry; A Fine Tomorrow and Spanish Painting of the Golden Age.

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 Deconstructing Medieval and Early-Modern Buildings; East meets West: the Visual Arts in Colonial and Post-colonial India; Colour; Mannerisms and Victorian Sculpture and an optional modules from the Italian department such as Modern Italian Language.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information 

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in History of Art lead to?

A History of Art degree provides vital training for careers across the art world and heritage sector, but our graduates also share the wide-ranging career prospects of other humanities graduates and have the additional advantage of being visually literate.

Several graduates have set up their own art-related businesses, while others have become business leaders, journalists, lawyers or literary agents. Some have pursued further study at postgraduate level. Some recent graduate careers Coventry Cathedral, Archivist; Aston Martin, Marketing Executive; BT Sport, Researcher; Tate Gallery, Marketing Intern; Victoria and Albert Museum, Theatre and Performance Intern.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Department of History of Art

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Student blogs

Kristie Beddoes - History of Art

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.