UCAS code: V350
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
History of Art will introduce you to art from different periods and world cultures. You will learn how and for whom, works of art were made. You will explore their meanings and the ways they continue to be interpreted. In your final years you will have the opportunity to specialise.
You will study History of Art 1, covering the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation. This will include non-western material. You will also choose two option courses from another subject area.
You will study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day. As with Year 1, you will be able to choose two option courses. You may select option courses from related fields such as Architectural History and Classical Art or, alternatively, from unrelated subjects available across the University.
You can start to specialise and can either focus solely on History of Art or choose courses from other academic areas. You will also complete either a placement within a gallery or cultural institution or complete a major independent project that focuses on skills relevant to careers in history of art. Study abroad is possible in Year 3. Projects in the past have included writing exhibition reviews and cataloguing works of art.
You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3. You will also write a dissertation.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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Most History of Art teaching takes place in the University's Central Area or at the School of Art within Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
You will have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities and can take advantage of Edinburgh’s galleries and museums, many of which are located near the University.
The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
Third year history of art students who do not go abroad have the option of pursuing three forms of independent project: the critical portfolio, which explores the role of art critic and art criticism; the analytical project, which focuses on a specific object, theory or text; or work placement, which involves a supervised position within Edinburgh’s many museums, galleries, special collections and heritage management institutions.
Study abroad in Year 3 is a popular option, but not a requirement, for many students.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and museum and gallery visits. If you do not go abroad in Year 3 you will have the opportunity to pursue supervised independent projects that aim to develop pragmatic skills and experience directly relevant to careers in areas such as galleries, museums, heritage management, auction houses and art journalism.
You will be assessed by coursework and exams. In Year 3 and 4, you will complete a major independent project and a dissertation.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
Studying History of Art at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a range of careers in the art world such as curatorships in galleries and museums, art journalism, publishing, art dealing, tourism, graphics, advertising, heritage management and auctioneering.
Some graduates use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, while some choose to go on to further study.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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