This exciting degree gives you the chance to study two of humanity's most popular forms of cultural expression - art and literature. You'll develop a deep understanding of literature in English from the medieval period to the present day, as well as an awareness of how art has been produced and received.
You'll combine core modules introducing you to the key approaches and themes of English literature and history of art with a wide range of optional modules, which span across nations and periods. The array of topics you could cover ranges from Arthurian literature to contemporary fiction and world theatre, aesthetics to museum studies, Buddhist monuments to the Danish 'golden age'.
With so many galleries and museums nearby, such as the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as a vibrant cultural scene, it's a fantastic place to discover these two different but complementary disciplines.
Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for studying English and the history of art. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - a great asset for original research. The University Library also offers a comprehensive training programme that will enable you to make the most of our extensive library resources.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, this means you'll study core modules introducing you to key issues in the history of art as well as poetry, drama or prose in English.
This equips you with a firm foundation for the following two years, when you will choose to focus on specific periods from modules covering the full spectrum of English literature, from medieval romance to contemporary fiction. You'll also select optional modules from a range which spans cultures and eras, including African art, the New York School and the art marketplace of today.
By your final year, you'll have developed visual awareness alongside research, critical and analytical skills. You'll have the chance to put them into practice when you complete your final year research project on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including English (Literature, Language, or Language and Literature) and excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
This degree will equip you with a range of valuable transferable skills that are attractive to employers.
You will have analytical and critical skills that allow you to form your own conclusions, and you'll be a strong communicator who can present and defend your views effectively. You'll be able to work independently and in a team - and you'll have the organisational skills and self-reliance that come with managing two different subjects.
Graduates have achieved success in a variety of careers such as curating, publishing, law, journalism, advertising and marketing, the civil service and education. Others have gone onto postgraduate study or further training.
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.
Study abroad and work placements
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.
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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