Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists and artistic media with opportunities to put your knowledge into practice. As an arts student, you become part of an artistic community based within the School of Arts’ Jarman building – a creative hub for students of art history, film, drama and media studies.
Our Hispanic Studies degree is suitable for complete beginners in Spanish as well as for more experienced learners.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you are given a firm foundation in some of the aesthetic, interpretative and methodological approaches in art history. You also receive an introduction to work-related skills directly relevant to employment in the visual arts sector, such as visual arts writing and exhibition curation.
The Hispanic studies element of this programme enables you to study a wide range of texts and visual material while improving your written and spoken Spanish skills. You also explore the history, literature and culture of Spain, Cuba and countries in Latin America, giving you a fascinating insight into the Spanish-speaking world.
Throughout your second and final years, there are opportunities for you to develop and expand your engagement with both subjects through a range of specialist modules. These may include Renaissance and Baroque art, modernism, Latin American politics, photography and aesthetics as well as Spanish cinema.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. We have excellent contacts with a number of partner institutions for you to choose from. You’ll develop your Spanish skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
Kent’s School of Arts has its own exhibition space, Studio 3 Gallery, where you can develop professional curatorial and gallery management skills.
Kent’s Templeman Library gives you access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.
Many Hispanic Studies teaching staff are native speakers. Our facilities include multimedia laboratories, which offer a variety of interactive language learning programmes and dictionaries, and access to audio, video and computer-assisted language learning.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your academic and professional development throughout your studies.
The School of Arts puts on many special events, which you are welcome to attend. In previous years, these have included symposia, seminars, conferences and exhibitions.
There are also a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for example
Kent Arts Society Art Appreciation Society Hispanic Society UKC Spanish Society Kent Salsa Society.
All art history modules include weekly lectures and small group seminars, but a distinctive feature is that many modules involve visits to London galleries, overseas visits to museums and other out-of-classroom activities. Helping students to acquire independence of thought and the skills of autonomous study are central to our teaching
Assessment for art history modules varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework. This approach to assessment helps you to develop an in-depth knowledge of topics within modules that are most interesting and relevant to your study, and to acquire a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
All Spanish language modules involve three hours teaching each week,
with the exception of the beginners’ language modules at Stages 1 and 2
which involve four hours. They include small group seminars,
conversation classes run by a native speaker, short lectures in Spanish, work in a language laboratory and work on computer-assisted language
learning materials. The culture and literature modules normally involve a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Stage 1 Spanish modules are assessed by 100% coursework (essays, class participation)
in some modules, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination
in others. For Stage 2/3, depending on the modules you select, assessment
varies from 100% coursework (extended essays), to a combination of
examination and coursework, in the ratio 60:40 or 80:20.
Our programmes emphasise a close working relationship with students. The academic adviser system ensures that all of our students have access to a designated tutor for pastoral support and academic guidance throughout their time at Kent.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection:
- Art History (joint honours)
- Hispanic Studies (joint honours)