UCAS code: V360
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
History of Art & Architectural History will introduce you to art and architecture from different periods and world cultures. You will learn how and for whom, these works 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 study Architectural History 1, which is a survey from antiquity to the present day. You will also choose an option course from another subject area.
You will study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day. You will also study Architectural History 2a, Order in the City, and Architectural History 2b, Culture and the City. As with Year 1, you will be able to choose an option course from another subject area.
Text and Theories in Western Architecture will be studied, and you will also choose from a selection of History of Art and Architectural History courses. You will have the option to complete a work placement within a gallery or cultural institution, and a written project for History of Art. Study abroad is possible in Year 3.
You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3. You will also write a dissertation in either History of Art or Architectural History.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
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.
There is a work placement option in Year 3.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3.
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.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Studying History of Art & architectural history at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a range of careers in the art world, architectural/conservation firms and the public sector. Careers include 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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