BA Fine Art with History of Art
This information is for 2019 entry only. Information for 2018 entry.
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This course combines studio practice with art historical study, enabling you to become an academically strong, thoughtful artist who understands how your practice relates to the art of the past.
You’ll split your time equally between studio practice and art history and theory, exploring what has been understood as ‘art’ in different cultures and societies over time. Working across a range of media, you’ll develop your own body of work under the guidance of artist-lecturers and visiting practitioners, and study alongside artists and cultural theorists in a stimulating research environment.
Optional modules will give you the chance to focus on topics that interest you, from African art to contemporary cinema and the contemporary art market. You’ll gain professional skills as you develop and exhibit your own artistic work in every year, preparing you for a career in the arts and cultural sectors.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and practice.
Housed within a single central campus location, the School has been designed to best meet the needs of our students. You'll work in professionally laid-out, well lit studios with 24 hour access and will benefit from versatile exhibition spaces and social areas.
Resources include dedicated Mac and PC computer suites for video editing, animation and image manipulation, printmaking workshops for etching, relief and screen printing, and a photography darkroom for film developing and printing. A woodworking and casting area are also housed within the School, with additional facilities for digital and 3D printing available at the University.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Brotherton Library Treasures Gallery. ULITA – An Archive of International Textiles – is housed on campus to collect, preserve and document textiles and related areas from around the world. Project Space, a multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School’s building.
The University also houses a wealth of modern and contemporary art that make up the Art on Campus displays of sculpture, in addition to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive and the Marks & Spencer Company Archive and exhibition displays. These resources all offer exciting opportunities for our students to engage with art and culture.
You’ll have the chance to work across all fine art media and you’ll be encouraged to find your own direction as an artist. Half of the degree is devoted to studio work, giving you the time and space to develop your ideas. You’ll take field trips to exhibitions, galleries and fine art fairs and combine lectures with group seminar sessions to discuss contemporary art practice, which you can use to inform your own creative work.
To support these studies you’ll take core modules that introduce you to contested ideas about the artist, art and the history of art as well as the relationship between art and society. You’ll gain research and analytical skills that provide a foundation for your degree.
In year 1, you will gain the fundamental skills and knowledge for the study of art and culture and explore your own direction as an artist by developing a creative portfolio across a range of media. Compulsory and optional modules will introduce key themes and interpretive methods, examine different cultures and materials, and consider the intentions and identities of artists.
In year 2, you will build upon and critically apply the knowledge and skills learned in year 1 and further pursue your own individual interests. Compulsory modules will examine contested ideas about art and the artist and how the theory and history of art relate to practice. You will also continue to develop your portfolio.
In your final year, you will apply your research and critical skills to an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice, which can either complement your studio practice or focus on a topic of your choice within art history. You will complement and support these projects with a choice of optional modules.
Towards the end of the year you’ll display your studio work in a final exhibition, applying your artistic and professional skills to interact with external agencies, the media and sponsors.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- A Story of Art? 1 20 credits
- A Story of Art? 2 20 credits
- Introduction to Studio Work 30 credits
- Studio Work 2 30 credits
- Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1 20 credits
- Elements of Visual Culture I 20 credits
- Cultural History 20 credits
- The English Country House: Making and Meaning 20 credits
- Introduction to Museum and Art Gallery Studies 20 credits
- Studio Work 60 credits
- Keywords 20 credits
- Seeing in Asia 20 credits
- The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings 20 credits
- African Art I: Context Representation Signification 20 credits
- Art, Power and Portraiture 20 credits
- The Avant Gardes 20 credits
- Dissertation 40 credits
- Studio Work 60 credits
- Soviet Socialist Realism 20 credits
- Sins, Sinisters and Sciapods: The Margins of Medieval Art 20 credits
- Anthropology, Art and Representation 20 credits
- Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Historiography and the Visual Arts 20 credits
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
Studio tutors are practising artists, writers and curators who are contributing to national and international exhibitions and publications. Read our staff biographies on the School website for more details.
This course combines studio, exhibition and curatorial work, screenings and visits with traditional teaching and learning methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You’ll also have the chance to enhance your learning by attending talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as attending exhibitions and conferences among others.
Independent study is a vital element of this degree, allowing you to develop your creativity and build important skills in areas such as research, analysis and interpretation.
We usually use a combination of assessment methods that allows you to develop diverse skills. These include your studio work, exhibition crits, module presentations, essays and exams, depending on the modules you choose.
This degree will allow you to develop into a thoughtful artist with strong critical, interpretative and communication skills, as well as strong visual and critical awareness and an understanding of the ways in which your practice responds to and questions the art of the past. This will prepare you for a career in the arts and culture sectors, where you could join our alumni working in diverse careers as artists, curators, academics, writers and teachers among many others.
Graduates from our School have gone on to work at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, National Trust, Bonham’s, Leeds City Museums, The Hepworth Gallery, The Geffrye Museum London, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Rydale Folk Museum.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.
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.
Some recent examples include placements at Harewood House, the Cultural Institute, Urban Outfitters, Tigerprint, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Pyramid of Arts and Hang-Up Gallery.