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MA in English and History of Art (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , History Of Art

Course Description

English and History of Art at Aberdeen combines all the advantages of the UK’s second most highly-rated research hub for English literature, language and creative writing, with the study of the art of all literary periods at Scotland’s top-rated university. You will examine buildings, sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints, decorative and industrial arts – and gain the skills to draw up a range of exciting career options.

Aberdeen is a leading centre for the study of literature, language and creative writing, rated second in the UK for its research output. You will study poetry and prose through the dynamic relationship between author, reader and literary text, covering every period from Chaucer to contemporary English, Scottish, Irish, European and American writing and the cultural and critical impact of powerful and controversial modern works. You will be inspired by enthusiastic teachers and researchers, themselves acclaimed authors and poets and be encouraged to develop your own creative writing skills.

You will complement this with extensive specialised knowledge of the history of painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts in Europe and North America from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will study in buildings centuries old, yet with the most modern teaching and technology, inspired by teachers and researchers whose specialist areas range from Pictish art, Medieval architecture, Italian Baroque painting, early modern prints and Scottish and British painting from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Your specialist skills make you ideally placed to enter the art gallery and museum sectors, arts education, publishing and journalism, or fine art conservation. The transferable skills that you will gain, including teamwork, time management, personal initiative, and highly developed enquiry, analytical and presentational skills are ideally suited to a range of careers.

English and History of Art at Aberdeen combines all the advantages of the UK’s second most highly-rated research hub for English literature, language and creative writing, with the study of the art of all literary periods at Scotland’s top-rated university. You will examine buildings, sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints, decorative and industrial arts – and gain the...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Acts of Reading (EL1009) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Art History (HA1004) - 15 Credit Points

Controversial Classics (EL1513) - 15 Credit Points

Modern Art (HA1508) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Encounters with Shakespeare (EL2011) - 30 Credit Points

Cathedrals to Caravaggio (HA2009) - 30 Credit Points

In the Flesh: Art on Location (HA2806) - 15 Credit Points

The Tragedy of Knowledge (EL2512) - 30 Credit Points

Making Masterpieces: Six Works in Context (HA2509) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Fieldwork 1 (HA3088)

Critical Perspectives in the History of Art (HA3079) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a total of two courses from the following groups, each from a different group:

Medieval/Renaissance

  • EL35DQ: Knights, Virgins and Viragos, Chaucer and Medieval Writing
  • EL30CP: Page and Stage: Renaissance Writings 1500-1640
  • EL35EJ Writing Revolt: Literature and Politics in the 17th Century

Romantic/Victorian

  • EL3009: American Innovation
  • EL35XR: Romanticism
  • EL30HK American Insurrections: Writing, Self and Nation1776-1865
  • EL30QA Sympathy for the Devil: Scottish Short Stories
  • EL35GK Mind and Monstrosity: Realism and Gothic in the Long 19th Century
  • EL35VB Bildungsroman to Alien Invasion

Contemporary/Modern

  • EL35KN Haunted Texts
  • EL30FF: Modernism: Make it New
  • EL30KM: Perversion of the Interior: Women’s Fiction 1925-1975
  • EL35UT: Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma

Plus one course from the following:

  • EL30JS: Anglo-American Children’s Literature
  • EL35YB: Creative Writing: Creativity and Craft
  • EL35EH: Classical Epic
  • CE3088: Tales of Vengeance & Enchantment
  • EL30VC: Fallen Women and Self-Made Men

Plus, select a further 30 credit points from level 3 History of Art courses.

Page and Stage: Renaissance Writings 1500 - 1640 (EL30CP) - 30 Credit Points

Knights, Virgins and Viragos: Chaucer and Medieval Writing (EL35DQ) - 30 Credit Points

American Innovation (EL3009) - 30 Credit Points

American Insurrections: Writing, Self and Nation, 1776 - 1865 (EL30HK) - 30 Credit Points

Sympathy for the Devil: Scottish Short Stories (EL30QA) - 30 Credit Points

Romanticism (EL35XR) - 30 Credit Points

Mind and Monstrosity: Realism and the Gothic in the Long 19th Century (EL35GK) - 30 Credit Points

Modernism: Make IT New (EL30FF) - 30 Credit Points

Haunted Texts (EL35KN) - 30 Credit Points

Art and Atrocity: Representations of Violence and Trauma (EL35UT) - 30 Credit Points

Anglo - American Children’s Literature (EL30JS) - 30 Credit Points

Classical Epic (EL35EH) - 30 Credit Points

Creative Writing: Creativity and Craft (EL35YB) - 30 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Fieldwork 2 (HA408A) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • English Dissertation (EL4502)
  • History of Art Dissertation (HA4588)

Select further credit points from level 4 courses in English and History of Art to gain 60 credits in each discipline.

English Dissertation (EL4502) - 30 Credit Points

History of Art Dissertation (HA4588) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Acts of Reading (EL1009) - 15 Credit Points Introduction to Art History (HA1004) - 15 Credit Points Controversial Classics (EL1513) - 15 Credit...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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