History of Art Undergraduate Degrees at University of Warwick
There are 3 major pathways:
Straight History of Art BA (3 years; choice of 1 term in Venice, Italy)
History of Art with Italian BA (3 years; 1/4 Italian, 3/4 History of Art, choice of 1 term in Venice, Italy)
History of Art and French BA (3 years; 1/2 French, 1/2 History of Art, 1 year spent in France)
Focusing on the History of Art BA:
- The department has strengths in: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, Landscape art, Modern and Contemporary art, the Impressionists, Architecture (spanning from Parthenon to Le Courbusier) and much, much more
- Offers a great range of modules in 2 and 3 years, with a range of both short and long options
- The modules change every year to reflect the interests and research of the tutors
- In 3rd year, anyone can choose to study in Venice for the first term, studying Medieval and Renaissance art in Italy first hand, you also receive Italian lessons from the University of Venice
- 2nd year: 1/4 of the year can be in an outside module in another department, from Languages to Philosophy to the History of Medicine and Science
- It is a small department, so there is a great deal of opportunity to get to know your tutors really well and receive support
- 50% coursework/ 50% Exam
- Excellent Art Soc at the University
- Good range of organised UK trips from local destinations such as Coventry (Cathedral), to further afield locations such as London (National Gallery, British Museum) and Oxford (Ashmolean Museum)
- 2nd year/3rd year counts for 50/50 of final mark
- Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- Excellent workshops and support for life after university and art internships
- Low entry grades for the standard of teaching (A-level: AAB/ABB)
- Vey rigid strucutre in 1st year - little or no choice of modules
- Nearest large galleries are in Birmingham, which is roughly 1.5 hours away (a bus then, train)
- All essays in 1st year count towards your final mark in that year (although it doesn't count towards your degree)
- Under 10 hours of contact time a week
- Few trips abroad, all of which are reserved until 3rd year
Example Modules (subject to change)
First Year Long Modules:
- Classicism and the Arts of Christianity: Greek Temple Architecture, Archaic to Hellenistic Sculpture, Roman Art/Architecture and Power, Renaissance to Neoclassical Architecture, Development of Christian Iconogaphy, Saints, Giotto, Ghirliandaio, Renaissance Mythologies
- Natural world and Modernity: Landscape in the Middle Ages/ Renaissance, Landscape gardens, Romanticism, Englightenment, Revolution, Ruskin and Truth to Nature, Modern Paris and the Impressionists, Country and the City, Expressionism, Fauves, Russian Revolutionary art, Photography
Second Year Modules:
- (Long) Art Since 1960s: Popular culture, Minimalism, Body and Space, Time and Motion, Self-Identity
- (Long) Art and Society in Renaissance Florence: Giotto's Legacy, Medici as Patrons, Brunelleschi and Alberti, Florentine domestic interior, Fra Angelico and San Marco, The Return of the Golden Age
- (Short) Practical Art: Life drawing, Techniques, Creating Art
A Week in the Life of a History of Art Student at Warwick
- Monday: Wake up at 8, some weeks there is a trip to Birmingham, so get ready and head off at about 11:30. Otherwise, spend the day doing seminar reading for the first half of the week. Weeks without trips, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar starting at 4.
- Tuesday: 1 hour lecture at 11, free day to go to gym, go to societies and go to the library to freely research essays or work.
- Wednesday: 1 hour lecture at 11, 1 x 1 hour seminar after 12; this is the day when sports societies socalize in the evening at POP (on campus)
- Thursday: Sleep in, complete seminar reading for the rest of the week and start next week's readings.
- Friday: 1 x 1.5 hour seminar at 11, more time to complete work or essays, or engage in societies.
- Saturday: Important day to work if you have an assessed essay, presentation, exam or want to read up on a topic.
- Sunday: Free day, spend day eating out or cooking a sunday roast with friends, go shopping in Coventry, Leamington Spa or Birmingham, or it is a good day to see a film at Film Soc.
Spend roughly 35 - 40 hours a week on work.