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BA History of Art with Cultural Studies

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of art and its histories as well as its complex relationship to wider cultural methodologies; contextualised within relevant theoretical and historical issues and debates.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which identities are constructed and contested through engagements with culture and its mediations.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnectedness of texts and context, and of the shifting configurations of culture, media and art.
-Demonstrate and understanding of contemporary cultural theories relating so social, gender and cultural difference
-Demonstrate knowledge of selected bodies of theoretical work that have shaped the formation of critical humanities
- Be able to initiate, develop and produce distinctive and sophisticated work either within their writing or of aural, visual, audio-visual or other electronic media (presentations).
-Be able to analyse closely, interpret, and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding and, as appropriate, evaluation of the various histories of art and their relationships to cultural issues, concerns and debates.
- Be able to carry out various forms of advanced research for essay, projects or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry and confidence with complex ideas, issues and concepts (specialist language).
- Be able to formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions.
-Be able to place art historical study in the context of wider cultural theory and cultural formations within modernity and the contemporary while also enlarging cultural theory with detailed work on the aesthetic traditions and aesthetic practices in historical formations.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- Communication
- Project/time management
- Negotiation (with peers, staff and external agencies)
- Administration (legal/ethical/safety issues)
- Leadership (within group dynamics)
- Independence (with regards their time management)
- They need to be adaptable, flexible and have initiative. They are required to build confidence through promotion of their practice and arguments/ideas.
- Research skills.
- Articulation of complex ideas and theories in both oral and written form.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- Building upon and critically applying skills learned at levels 2 & 3.
- demonstrating a considerable knowledge and application of theories, concepts, information and techniques relevant to the histories of art and cultural studies;
- produce a high level of work that demonstrates the student’s understanding of both the boundaries of and interconnections between the histories of art and cultural studies;
- demonstrate a high level of skills and competencies pertinent to the expanding study of the histories of art and their wider cultural contexts;

This is achieved through:
The monitoring of work through regular assignments and presentations.
Contextualising references and frameworks from the history of art and its wider cultural and critical theories through written assessments and presentations.
The bringing together of research materials for dissertation topic; written up into a clear and convincing piece of work.

Feedback on assignments and presentations will enable students to monitor their own progress as well as develop their critical skills in self-evaluation and contextual understanding. It also helps to build self-confidence and effective communication skills.


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