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Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury

Art History, Theory and Contemporary Culture BA (Hons)

Art History, Theory & Contemporary Culture BA (Hons)

Canterbury

Course overview

Our fascinating, in-depth BA (Hons) Art History, Theory and Contemporary Culture degree course will take you on a journey to discover the contexts in which contemporary art emerged from modern and postmodern practices in Europe and the USA after the Second World War - and how it established itself across the Americas, Africa and Asia.

As you study, you'll explore the growth of global contemporary art and the evolution of culture since the beginnings of decolonization in the 1950s.

You'll also learn about the ways in which contemporary art has been made, consumed - understanding the roles played by museums, galleries, auction houses, educational institutions and more - and thought about globally over the last century.

You'll graduate with extensive knowledge of the current state of contemporary art and its likely evolution.

As part of the course, you'll benefit from a professional placement – or a Professional Practice Year, if you choose that pathway – and build industry-relevant skills to ensure that you graduate ready for the workplace

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

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Course details

Course Details

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

Your first year focuses on introducing you to basic aspects of contemporary global art and related cultures – including not just artefacts in museums and art galleries, but also architecture, cityscape and landscape, adverts, TV and film, websites, the body, and street style. Key questions focus on how and when ideas, values and accounts of art have developed since the 1950s, and why they continue to change. Confirmed units for your first year include:

  • When was Art?
  • Independent Project 1: Starting Writing
  • Pictures and things, or What is the Object of Art?
  • Independent Project 2: Partnerships and Interdisciplinarity

In your second year, you'll dig deeper into the impact of globalisation on contemporary art, as well as the cultures and collective identities represented in global contemporary art. Confirmed units for your first year include:

  • Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes 1&2 (Yr 2 direct entry only)
  • From the 'Local' to the 'Global
  • Identities and Collectivities in Art, Cultures and Societies
  • Independent Project 3: Cross-School Activity (elective)
  • Independent Project 4: Placement (elective)

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

Your final year provides an opportunity to explore the likely future of global contemporary art and its institutions. You will develop your own major independent project, undertake trips to international centres of the contemporary art world, and prepare for a career in one of the art world’s professional practices. Confirmed units include:

  • Themes and Theories: Towards Your Final Independent Project
  • Artistic Futures
  • Final Independent Project

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be published here shortly.

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be set by the government in their funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you will be charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be additional course costs and the details for these will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

Our Fine Art facilities include large purpose-built studios, a 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics, workshops for plaster and rubber casting, glass casting, slumping, fusing and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene). Printmaking studios for relief and block printing, intaglio and screen-printing are also available, alongside PC and Mac suites and an extensive library containing books, journals, recordings and archival materials.

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Fine Art studio, UCA Canterbury

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Print studios, UCA Canterbury

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Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury

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Library, UCA Canterbury

Course connections

Course connections

As a long-established course, we have a developed Kent-wide network that gives our students access to some of the most respected names in the creative industries, including:

  • Turner Contemporary Margate
  • Folkestone Triennial
  • Dover Arts Development
  • Stour Valley Creative Partnership
  • Crate
  • Whitstable Biennale
  • Canterbury Cathedral

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code

    W105

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    W106

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    W10A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    W10C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W10B

  • UCAS Code for course with International Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W10D

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