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History and History of Art BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: VVC3

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes

Overview

History gives you the chance to explore all aspects of human activity across cultures and over time. Core modules will introduce you to historiography and working with primary sources, developing your skills and knowledge. You’ll then choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you, from the fall of Rome to the 20th century and the US to India. You’ll also gain a wide range of transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.

History of Art allows you to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which art has been produced and received over time and in different cultures – and even the differences in what “art” has meant to people. You’ll develop a broad understanding of key approaches and methods through core modules, where you’ll learn to read an image rather than seeing it. Optional modules across history of art, cultural studies and museum studies will also allow you to pursue your interests.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.

History 

In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to concepts such as historiography, and develop historical skills like working with primary sources. In the following year, you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules, keeping a balance between earlier and later periods. You could study the Crusades, Imperial Germany or Mao Zedong and China since 1949. In your final year, you’ll focus on a specific theme or topic in your special subject and develop your research and critical skills.

History of Art 

In your first year you’ll study core modules on the ways in which visual culture and society shape each other, as well as different ideas about artists and art. You’ll also select from optional modules in topics such as cultural history and museum studies. Once you’ve laid these foundations, you can develop and expand your knowledge with further optional modules in your second year, from today’s art market to Buddhist statues. You’ll continue to choose your areas of study in your final year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

A Story of Art I 20 credits
A Story of Art 2 20 credits
Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

The New York School 20 credits
Country Houses and the (Re)Construction of the Heritage Industry 1880-1950 20 credits
The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russia 20 credits
The State of Utopia 20 credits
Seeing in Asia 20 credits
Showing Asia 20 credits
Venice: Image and Imagination 20 credits
Variant Modernism 20 credits
Ecologies of Medieval Art 20 credits
Live Issues and Contemporary Art Practice 20 credits
Art History and Art Historiography 20 credits
African Art I: Context Representation Signification 20 credits
The Museum 20 credits
Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000 20 credits
The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century 20 credits
The Crusades and Medieval Christendom 20 credits
The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-1603 20 credits
Most Christian Kings: France, 1515-1715 20 credits
Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865 20 credits
Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-1901 20 credits
Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe 20 credits
Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century 20 credits
Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-1135 20 credits
Britain and the Industrial Revolution 20 credits
Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-1857 20 credits
Life and Death in British India, 1690-1871 20 credits
Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-1917 20 credits
Race, Gender and Cultural Protest in the US since 1865 20 credits
Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
History on the High Street 20 credits
American Business History 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present 20 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Assessing the French Revolution 1789-1799 20 credits
Soviet Socialist Realism 20 credits
Curatorial Practice and the Country House 1950-present 20 credits
From Trauma to Cultural Memory: The Unfinished Business of Representation and the Holocaust 20 credits
Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study 20 credits
Sins, Sinisters and Sciapods: The Margins of Medieval Art 20 credits
Anthropology, Art and Representation 20 credits
Critical approaches to photography 20 credits
The 'Rematerialisation' of Art? (circa 1960 - present) 20 credits
Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952 40 credits
The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-1940 40 credits
The Third Reich, 1933-1945 40 credits
Caribbean Mobilities: Travel, Culture and Politics, 1838-1939 40 credits
Popular Belief in the Medieval West 1000-c.1500 40 credits
Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-1858 40 credits
Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century 40 credits
Europe in an Age of Total Warfare 40 credits
The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 40 credits
Memories: Autobiographies and Memoirs as Historical Sources 20 credits
War, Regicide and Republic: England, 1642-1660 20 credits
Printing and Books in Early Modern Europe 20 credits
Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-1100 20 credits
The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-1410 20 credits
The Breakdown of Liberal Democracy in Europe, 1890-1945 20 credits
Caribbean Identity, Society and Decolonisation 20 credits
The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period 20 credits
Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-55 20 credits
Sweet Enemies? Britain and France from Waterloo to the Present 20 credits
The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-1991 20 credits
Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History and History of Art BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in History, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of History Undergraduate Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
 

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that you’re intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.

You’ll have good research skills, and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.

All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers reflecting the diversity of their degrees. They’ve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study.

To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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