History of Art with Curating (BA): 3-year, full-time degree by evening study (4Q36)




Birkbeck, University of London 

History of Art with Curating (BA):

3-year, full-time degree by evening study

Requirements / Wymagania


Średnia ze zdawanych rozszerzeń

- min. 65% 

Certyfikat językowy IELTS

opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.5  -

About the course

The BA in History of Art at Birkbeck offers you the chance to study all kinds of artworks, from painting and sculpture to digital art and installations. You will take a range of courses, from medieval to contemporary art, learning how to place artworks within their historical and cultural context, and to think more broadly about the role of images within society. If you are contemplating a career in the arts, our BA gives you the chance to develop a range of key skills, from critical thinking and writing, to effective visual analysis. Studying at Birkbeck you are based in the heart of London, close to museums and galleries, while being part of a vibrant and stimulating student community.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact our Admissions Tutor, Dr Dorigen Caldwell.

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck has an international reputation for its innovative approaches to the history of art, visual culture and museum studies. Our expertise extends into areas such as architectural, design and urban history and interdisciplinary topics such as the relationships between art and film, art and medicine, and art, politics and heritage. As well as regular gallery and museum visits, we offer an exciting study trip abroad every spring. Students are encouraged to become involved in the lively research culture of the Department through the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, the Architecture, Space and Society Centre and the Vasari Research Centre, which has pioneered the field of digital art history.

Our flexible approach to full-time and part-time evening study is ideal if you are thinking about undertaking paid or voluntary work experience in London’s museums and galleries during the daytime, while studying for a degree that can give you a head start in a competitive jobs market.

With its RIBA-award-winning cinema and the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck’s School of Arts provides students with a lively cultural hub in central London, in a historic building that was home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell.

We offer taster events and information evenings for prospective students interested in our history of art programmes throughout the year.

This programme is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years and part-time evening study over 6 years.

Why study this course at Birkbeck? 

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Established almost half a century ago, Birkbeck's Department of History of Art is an internationally respected centre for research and teaching. Keep up-to-date with our activities on the Birkbeck History of Art blog.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.
  • You will have access to cutting-edge research through the activities of our research centres, including the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, the Architecture, Space and Society Centre and the Vasari Research Centre for digital art and technology.
  • With our location in Bloomsbury in central London, you can explore some of the world's best architecture, galleries and museums, collections and arts spaces - many of which are on our doorstep or a short distance away.
  • We have a state-of-the art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell.

Course structure

This course consists of 12 modules: 10 taught modules worth 30 credits each and a supervised dissertation which is a double module worth 60 credits.

In Year 1, you take 4 compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take 1 compulsory module and choose 2 option modules at Level 5. You also take the Level 5 Research Skills for Dissertations module.

In Year 3, you choose 3 option modules at Level 6, chosen from about 10 on offer, and complete your dissertation.

Option provision is reviewed each year; the list below gives an indication of the range of subjects offered.


  • Art History: A Survey
  • Debates in Art History
  • Doing Art History
  • Visual Art: Histories, Networks and Organisations


  • Developing an Arts Project
  • Research Skills for Dissertations
  • Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400
  • Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1550
  • Art and Society in the Nineteenth Century
  • Art and Society in the Twentieth Century
  • Art and Architecture in Rome c 1500 - 1527
  • Art and War: 1914 to the Present
  • Art in Baroque Rome
  • Concrete and Flesh: Modern Architecture and the Body
  • Icon to the Avant-Garde: Russian Art Under the Romanovs
  • Nationalism and Internationalism in Art 1860-1918
  • Photography and its Representations
  • Portraiture in England in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Spaces of Modernity: City, Suburb and Countryside in the Nineteenth Century
  • Strategies of Display: Avant-Garde Exhibitions, The White Cube and Beyond
  • The Gothic Cathedral
  • Dissertation


While some of our students have studied art history at school or have completed short courses, most haven’t studied the subject in any depth prior to starting this course. The first-year modules are therefore intended to provide you with academic skills and a good grounding in the discipline. As you progress through the course, you will have opportunities to explore different types of visual culture in more detail – from buildings to installations, sculpture to digital media, paintings to photography.

We use a variety of formal and informal teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, gallery visits, group and individual tutorials, and fieldtrips.



Our assessment methods are equally varied, ranging from essays and examinations to research portfolios and oral presentations, so as to develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills. The programme culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation on a chosen topic.

All our classes are held in the evening, to enable you to continue your career - or gain valuable intern or work experience - during the day.



  • Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa


As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.

On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:

An optional fieldtrip is available as part of this programme, for which the Department does not charge a fee for attendance. Students are, however, responsible for paying all other costs, including travel, accommodation, food and drink and other subsistence costs, gallery fees, etc. The Murray Bequest offers a limited number of bursaries every year to students who would not otherwise be able to take the fieldtrip. Details on how to apply are usually circulated to students in December or January.

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