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English and History of Art

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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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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Available Dates

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
96%
of students were satisfied overall
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
96%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
100% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
74% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
98% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
94% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
95% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
93% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
91% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
96% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
78% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
96% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
95% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
86% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
74% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
82% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
64% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
91% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
93% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
90% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
90% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
93% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
87% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
87% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
94% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
91% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
86% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
87% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
91% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
96% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
90% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
96% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
92% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
70% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
87% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
91% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
94% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
95% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
96% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
87% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
96% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
87% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
94% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
ENGLISH STUDIES (NON-SPECIFIC)
100% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
86% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
57% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
26% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
96% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
91% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
72% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
48% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for English Studies (non-specific)

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points96

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

Statistics for History Of Art, Architecture And Design

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate87%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

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