History of Art and Design at Bath Spa University is for individuals interested in a career in the diverse fields requiring knowledge of art and design history, visual analysis, cultural theory and criticism.
We’ll help you to build a strong understanding of the historical and theoretical context to art and design. As the course progresses, you’ll be able to specialise in an area that interests you, with an emphasis on developing you as an independent, skilled researcher and worker in the field. You’ll develop a strong knowledge of the historical background to the subject as well the skills that you will need to become a motivated, agile professional in a related career.
Based in the World Heritage City of Bath, the course explores the region’s rich cultural heritage and makes full use of excellent travel connections to London.
We’ll provide you with a firm historical foundation in the history of art and design, alongside giving you the opportunity to take optional modules that reflect your interests. This means you’ll be able to specialise in particular media, geographic areas or periods.
You’ll have lots of opportunities to undertake work experience, visits and longer travel experiences. The structure of the course means you’ll increasingly work independently on research projects that represent your interests.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
280–320 UCAS Tariff points.
You’ll learn the foundations of methodology in art and design history as well as learning historical context – spanning from the renaissance to the early 19th century. You’ll begin to acquire the skills necessary to research and learn independently, as you begin your journey to a career in an area related to the subject.
You’ll be given an increasing amount of choice over the direction that you choose for your study. You’ll also continue studying historical context and theory that spans the period from the mid nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century. During your second year you’ll acquire key advanced research skills that will support your evolution as a professional researcher in the subject.
The core module of year 3 reflects upon the world of art and design since 1945 in detail. This is combined with a significant amount of self-directed and researched study. You’ll have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of personal research in the form of a dissertation. In your professional contexts module we’ll help you to hone your career path in preparation for entry into the professional world.
Graduates of BA (Hons) History of Art and Design are employed in a variety of fields including:
Museum and art gallery curatorship
Art and design publishing
Marketing and advertising
Broadcasting (film and television)
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