BA Art History & Visual Culture and Film Studies with Employment Experience / Employment Experience Abroad

UCAS code QV38 / QV39
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
Discipline
  • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Film Studies
Location Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

We live in a world dominated by visual imagery. Today, more photos are taken every minute than ever existed in total around 150 years ago. We are also consuming more and more video and film, and particularly outside of the traditional sphere of the film industry. This rapidly changing environment is what makes a degree in Art History & Visual Culture and Film so exciting.

Since its inception, humanity has documented its history through art and combining these two disciplines enables us to understand not only past societies, but the contemporary culture of today. Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter teaches you to navigate history to learn about changes in society, culture, politics, religion and apply them to current theories and practices. Ranked 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, on this course you learn how to interpret works of art, architecture, design, images, objects and practices to uncover the role and significance of visual culture movements that changed the world. Explore revolutionary France, Victorian visions, New York’s Avant-garde and iconic representations of the face throughout history up to the present day. Building on a solid foundation of traditional fine art, this course forms an innovative dialogue between an established field of study and one that is still in formation.

Film offers the opportunity to study an exciting range from different periods and international contexts; you will watch films from American, European, Asian and African cinemas. You will gain a deep and wide ranging knowledge of film as a cultural, social, industrial and global phenomenon and familiarity with different conceptual and theoretical approaches to film, through the UK’s number 1 ranking film department in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The range of films studied will equip you to understand the complex histories of the medium as well as how important issues of cultural difference are raised through cinema, giving you the tools and vocabulary to take a questioning attitude to your own culture. We encourage you to make the most of the facilities available to broaden and enhance your study of film, not just on campus but also through the lively film culture (festivals, art-house cinema, media facilities) in the city itself.

Choosing to study at the University of Exeter will challenge you to think differently. Over a three-year period, you will engage in lively debate, collaborative team working and independent research. As a student at one of the top universities in the world you will gain access to an internationally recognised fine art, heritage and film collection. We have one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints and artefacts, the unique Bill Douglas Cinema Museum on campus and the award winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum in the centre of Exeter. This degree course is designed to equip you with a broad range of transferrable skills, with specialist and professional experience that will lead not only to humanities jobs, but a diverse range of careers across multiple industries.

Programme variations

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

 

The Art History & Visual Culture and Film degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Students will spend the third year of their studies carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements, either in the UK or abroad.

Final year

Fieldwork

Museums, galleries, and field trips

It is important for you to gain first-hand exposure to works of art and other visual artefacts. You will benefit from engaging with museums and galleries in the region, in addition to field trips to collections in London and elsewhere. In the second year there is an intensive study trip abroad to immerse yourself in the art, architecture, and visual culture of a specific location in Europe.

You will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in curation through placements with the University’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and other local galleries such as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Careers

The College of Humanities has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters.

Studying Art History & Visual Culture and Film equips students with a broad range of highly desirable transferable skills in analysis, critique, research and theoretical and practical creativity. These will prepare you to enter a wide variety of professions. You will also develop specialist knowledge of everything from traditional art forms such as architecture and sculpture, to today’s visual practices such as film, video, performance and digital art. You will benefit from productive engagement with collections, institutions and art groups in the area, in tandem with the wider arts community in the South West and beyond. The Art History & Visual Culture programme also prepares its graduates to undertake postgraduate study or training in areas such as education, arts management and journalism, amongst others. Art History and Visual Culture graduates will be able to succeed in a range of sectors, including:

  • Heritage
  • Arts Administration
  • Consultancy
  • Market Research
  • Civil Service
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Charities
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations (PR)
  • Events Management
  • TV production
  • The film industry
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Sales, communications and marketing

Further Study

Every year a high proportion of Humanities graduates choose to progress to further study or professional training. The Art History and Visual Culture programme presents its graduates with opportunity to undertake further study or training in areas such as education, arts management and journalism, amongst others.

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.

Find out more about Art History and Visual Culture careers.

Employment experience in the UK or abroad

Spending up to a year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness.

Contact us

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