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The BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the wide-range of subjects taught in the School of Arts in the Department of Cultures and Languages; English and Humanities; Film, Media and Cultural Studies; and History of Art. You will take two innovative study skills modules and also have the opportunity to take modules introducing you to the many exciting ways in which we study the Arts. It is also possible to take a beginner- or intermediate-level language module (French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish) as part of the Foundation Year. The programme allows you to build your confidence, gain core knowledge and key skills needed to succeed in undergraduate degrees in the Arts. You will get a taste of the specific subjects you are interested in and an understanding of their career potential. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can choose either to progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA Arts and Humanities, or one of the following three-year, full-time evening study undergraduate programmes. You need only complete one application and you enrol onto one programme.
Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn’t achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group – now home to our School of Arts – and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists. Based at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice. The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members’ screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists’ Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
For the Foundation Year, you undertake three core modules and choose one option module: either The Arts: Questioning the Contemporary World or a language module (1 or 2, depending on your prior knowledge of the language). If you successfully complete these modules, you will automatically advance on to a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree (see above).