Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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The fact that my course is with Museum Studies, enables me to visit many different galleries and to have work experience.

Cordelia de FreitasHistory of Art with Museum Studies

BA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2018 entry only)

The following information is for 2018 applicants only.

This course allows you to study the role of museums, galleries, country houses and heritage sites from an historical and contemporary perspective, alongside history of art and culture.

You’ll learn about the interpretation, display, education and communication practices of museums, galleries, heritage and cultural institutions, with visits and privileged access to museum, gallery and country house collections throughout the course. You’ll study the history of art and think critically about its development and effects, examining the social history of art and some of the theories and approaches that can help us to interpret works of art, from aesthetics to anthropology.

You’ll gain a critical understanding of the history and theory of visual and material culture within the context of the history of museums and art galleries. Our excellent links with local institutions and a dedicated work placement will also allow you to learn about current museum practice through first-hand experience of working in the sector.

Specialist resources

The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. The cutting-edge research conducted through our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market feeds directly into our teaching, meaning you have access to the latest knowledge in these areas.

We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and 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.

We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton 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 new multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School’s new building.

In Year 1, core modules will introduce you to the different ways of thinking about museums, art galleries and heritage organisations. You’ll also explore the theme of the English country house and its history and role as heritage. The programme will equip you with the fundamental skills and knowledge for the study of art history and the ways in which cultural forms have been displayed over time.

Further core modules will question the ideas of ‘art’ and ‘artists’ and how they have been understood over time in different communities. You’ll learn to ‘read’ images in different contexts, and explore key themes and interpretative methods in the subject.

You’ll build on this knowledge in Year 2, taking core modules on contemporary theories of culture and museum practice. You’ll examine the methods and ideas behind the collection, interpretation and display of objects, as well as introductions to collections management, exhibitions and the exploration of museum, art gallery and heritage audiences.

Diverse optional modules will allow you to focus on art historical topics that suit your own interests, from medieval and Renaissance art to cinema and the complexities of the historical and contemporary art market.

By your final year, you’ll be able to apply your research and critical skills to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice within art gallery and museum studies. You will also have the opportunity of hands-on experience through your museum or art gallery work placement.

To complement and support your research, you’ll select additional modules from the diverse options on offer. If you choose, you can take one fewer optional module and go into greater depth on an extended dissertation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • The English Country House: Making and Meaning 20 credits
  • Introduction to Museum and Art Gallery Studies 20 credits
  • A Story of Art I 20 credits
  • A Story of Art 2 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1 20 credits
  • Cultural History 20 credits
  • Cinema and Media History 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • The Museum 20 credits
  • Exhibitions, Curatorship and Audiences 40 credits

Optional modules

  • The New York School 20 credits
  • Country Houses and the (Re)Construction of the Heritage Industry 1880-1950 20 credits
  • The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings 20 credits
  • Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Art Gallery and Museum Work Placement 20 credits
  • Dissertation 40/60 credits

Optional modules

  • Curatorial Practice and the Country House 1950-present 20 credits
  • Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study 20 credits
  • Anthropology, Art and Representation 20 credits
  • Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Historiography and the Visual Arts 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Art Gallery & Museum Studies BA in the course catalogue

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

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of your tutors. These include lectures, seminars, screenings, tutorials, workshops and field trips. Some modules include sessions taught in local museums by their curators. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as conferences, exhibitions and other events.

Independent study is crucial to the degree, allowing you to develop important critical and research skills and to form your own ideas.


You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, allowing you to develop different skills. These will include a combination of essays, module presentations, small-scale research projects and your final year dissertation.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB-ABB not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 must be at Merit level.


Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1 – D3, M1, M1 in three principle subjects.

International Baccalaureate

34-35 overall (with at least 6 in English Language).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBB (AB at advanced level) OR AAABB (A at Advanced level). For applicants just undertaking the higher level, grades of AAAABB will be required.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 77-80% overall and at least 60% in English.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

A high percentage of our graduates go on to postgraduate study. However, others have pursued careers in curating, arts education in organisations such as galleries, colleges and universities, journalism, arts administration, image researching, PR and auctioneering.

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.

Some examples of roles they have gone on to have include Head of House and Collections at Harewood House, Events Manager at the National Portrait Gallery, PR Officer at Christie’s (London and New York), Lecturer at the University of Leeds and Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Careers support

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.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

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.

Work placements

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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