Critical, experimental and creative - this course is for passionate individuals who want a career in art and design.
- Our academics are active researchers, authors and curators with extensive experience in their specialisms.
- Extensive contacts with local and national cultural organisations.
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.
You could study History of Art and Design alongside another subject as part of a combined course.
What you'll learn
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.
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.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by coursework (including essays, portfolios, study journals and reviews), projects and dissertations, individual and group presentations, and seen and unseen examinations.
How will I be taught?
Modules on the course are taught via seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and IT workshops. A variety of visits and field trips enrich the course. As well as local, regional and national visits, travel opportunities to international centres such as Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles or Las Vegas help to further inform your studies.
You'll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries.
Work placements, industry links and internships
This course will equip you for employment in the creative industries. It is designed to support you to become an informed, intellectually curious and professionally agile individual, with qualities that employers will find attractive. We'll introduce you to opportunities for work visits and placements throughout your three years on the course.
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)
- Travel services
- Arts administration
- Public relations
- Design management
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You'll be taught at Bath School of Art and Design's campus at Sion Hill as well as Newton Park campus.
You'll have access to a range of excellent facilties including workshops and Sion Hill library.