BA Art History & Visual Culture and Drama with Employment Experience / Employment Experience Abroad
|UCAS code||WW22 / WW23|
|Typical offer||AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32; BTEC DDD-DDM|
This programme provides an excellent grounding in the main themes and methods of Art History & Visual Culture while developing your critical, imaginative and practical engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre.
In Art History & Visual Culture, you will learn how to interpret works of art (including architecture and design) as well as images, objects and practices in order to understand contemporary and past societies.
Your first year will consist of four core modules, two in each discipline. This will give you a solid foundation in the skills, methods and principles involved in both subjects. During your second and third years you will be able to follow your interests through a wide range of optional modules with the opportunity to undertake a relevant fieldwork and placement module. You can choose to study art and material culture in ancient societies; look in detail at the way art history works; or focus on visual culture within a specific society or time period right up to the modern day. You will have the opportunity to take part in field trips to collections in London and elsewhere, including an intensive study trip to immerse yourself in the art, architecture and visual culture of a specific location in Europe. In Drama you will develop your study of key theoretical approaches: analysing contemporary performance and the place of performance within culture, as well as undertaking an in-depth independent study in your final year of a chosen area of theatre and performance. This will give you a chance to explore a passion of yours in real depth, with guidance from an academic supervisor.
Drama modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including directing, contemporary performance, music and theatre, actor training, applied and socially engaged theatre, dramaturgy, creative industries management, cultural theory and theatre history and technical theatre crafts.
Our lecturers in Art History & Visual Culture are at the cutting edge of art, historical and visual culture research. Key members of staff specialise in the history of art and architecture, from the Renaissance to the present, the history, theory and practice of museums and collections, aspects of performance, installation, photography and video arts, and visual culture from antiquity to the present day.
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 BA Art History & Visual Culture and Drama with Study Abroad degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are usually worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year: 60 credits from Drama and 60 credits from Visual Culture.
Depending on your programme, you can take up to 30 credits per year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons. For this programme, level 1 modules are compulsory.
Current students - please note that modules lists for module choice are on the Student Intranet.
The first year comprises of two core modules from Drama, and two compulsory and an optional module from Art History and Visual Culture. Modules at this stage will offer a solid grounding in both subject areas, providing critical tools and knowledge which will be built on in the following years.
In your second year you will build from the learning and skills developed in your first year through a range of option choices. In Drama you will take a core module, which will extend and deepen your critical and theoretical vocabulary of theatre.
You will also take one core module in Art History and Visual Culture, that will introduce you to current issues in visual culture and the links between past and contemporary works, and critical perspectives.
Students will spend the third year of their studies carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements, either in the UK or abroad.
In the final year you will choose between one of two core dissertation modules. If the dissertation is studied in Visual Culture, 60 credits must be chosen from optional Drama modules; if the dissertation is studied in Drama, 60 credits should be chosen from optional Visual Culture modules.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the Drama website and Art History and Visual Culture website.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.
We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer, and normally interview applicants who may be offering alternative qualifications. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend a day-long workshop and interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions along with a chance to explore our facilities. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. The day runs from midday to 6pm.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by internationally respected research-active staff. We use a wide variety of techniques and approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree.
The Drama side of the programme involves teaching mainly through studio sessions, which means that you will practise the subject at the same time as you learn about it. Practical class sizes are limited to around 20. At the start of the programme the emphasis is on group collaborative work which becomes the basis for development of your individual interests and skills later on. Other activities include seminar presentations, independent research projects and public and restricted audience performances; and lectures where appropriate.
We’re committed to enhancing and developing your key personal and transferable skills. You’ll develop a range of professional skills, for example, time management and team-working. You’ll gain valuable critical, analytical and communication skills. Technical skills will include accurate note taking from presentations, research and IT skills and you’ll also learn a wide range of Drama-specific skills appropriate to your module choices.
Art History and Visual Culture modules are taught through a range of seminars, lectures, workshops and group sessions, web-based learning, along with relevant work ‘in the field’ at galleries and museums, and closer to home on campus, through our art galleries and collections on site.
You will develop expertise in curation through one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema and the versatile facilities provided by the Forum – our brand new development at the heart of Streatham Campus which combines student services with catering and retail outlets – along with works of art and flexible multimedia spaces.
Total contact time usually amounts to around 10 hours in the first year, 8 hours in the second year and 6 hours in the final year. You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies and a student mentor during the first year.
You will be assessed in all years through a variety of assessment methods. Assessment in Visual culture is through a mixture of methods that includes essays, examinations and group presentation work. Assessment in Drama includes continuous assessment, essay, performance and portfolio, or viva interview. Most work is assessed as coursework through studio practice, seminar and essay and there are currently no formal examinations for Drama modules
The College of Humanities has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters. Six months after graduation 96%* of Humanities graduates are employed or in further study.
Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter is a bold interdisciplinary programme which will enable you to stand out in the job market. This programme will give you 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 develop a broad range of highly desirable skills in analysis, critique, research and theoretical and practical creativity. Art History and Visual Culture graduates will be able to succeed in a range of sectors, including:
- Arts Administration
- Market Research
- Civil Service
- Public Relations (PR)
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.
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.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates across the College of Humanities. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.
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.