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Art History and English Literature

The University of Manchester

UCAS Course code QV33


Our joint honours BA Art History and English Literature course brings together expertise from two subject areas to give you a greater breadth of study.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of course units across both fields, taking core and elective modules in both fields. In the first year, you will sample a wide variety of artistic and literary traditions and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skills on which to build in Years 2 and 3. There is also a compulsory dissertation in the final year.

The emphasis is on flexibility and choice within this joint degree, which also offers opportunities for field trips and museum and gallery visits.

Art History provides a grounding in European and North American art and architecture, covering topics to the present day, as well as subjects in global art history.

We offer an unusually broad choice of subject areas, paired with in-depth study and research. Particular strengths are in Medieval, Renaissance, Post-Renaissance, Modern, Contemporary and Global Art History.

You will also discover a range of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day and will be able to study American, Irish and post-colonial literatures, as well as cultural theory, creative writing and film.

You can attend lectures and exhibitions at the internationally-renowned Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, while the English Research Seminar and CriticalMASS, the American Studies research seminar, also offer a series of interesting talks.

The Centre for New Writing hosts a regular public event series, Literature Live, which brings contemporary novelists and poets to the University to read and engage in conversation. Manchester Literature Festival also takes place at venues at the University and across the city each autumn.

Our student societies enrich the learning process through regular social/academic events designed to encourage knowledge and understanding of the north-west's creative communities.

We aim to:
• Provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of art and its histories;

• Develop your understanding of the production, circulation, and interpretation of written texts and visual culture in specific historical contexts;

• Encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, including film, music and English language texts from the British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present;

• Encourage you to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word and visual images, enabling you to carry these qualities of response into future reading and viewing experiences;

• Promote awareness of the role of literature and the visual arts within different cultures and societies, including our own;

• Foster awareness of the role of museums and galleries in the production and reproduction of cultural values.

Study Abroad

You may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree.

Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore.

Award: BA
Professional Qualification
3 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

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Times HE UK: 8

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