Art and Design History is an exciting discipline which encompasses the study of visual artefacts, museum and gallery practice and the production and circulation of meaning around art and design.
The curriculum will address key developments in art and design history from Antiquity to the present day, with a strong focus on early modern, modern and contemporary art. Through an exploration of art and design movements, styles and practices, as well as methodologies and theoretical frameworks, you will develop a historical awareness of the visual arts and an understanding of Art and Design History as a discipline.
Theoretical lectures and seminars provide a wider framework from which to evaluate and analyse the history and theory of Art and Design, as well as the discourses informing contemporary art practice. Historical and critical study runs throughout the discipline with the aim of encouraging debate, understanding, intellectual confidence and analytical expression in the history, philosophy and criticism. Your tutors’ specialisms range from the medieval to the contemporary period and you will also engage with the field of museum studies and curatorial practices. The curriculum will also make full use of the wealth of relevant sites in Liverpool, as well as Liverpool Hope’s partnerships, for example with Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial.
Why choose this subject?
Art and Design History is the ideal subject for anyone interested in historic and contemporary art and design, museums and galleries, how and why art has been produced, how meanings around art have been created and circulated and how art and design can be interpreted through a range of critical methods.
The standard offer level is a minimum of 300 UCAS points, including a minimum of two A/A2 levels or equivalent.
Art and Design History is a combined honours subject. It can be studied with the following subjects. All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.
|Art & Design History and Business Management||UCAS code NV32|
|Art & Design History and Drama & Theatre Studies||UCAS code VW34|
|Art & Design History and Education||UCAS code VX33|
|Art & Design History and Early Childhood||UCAS code VC39|
|Art & Design History and Media & Communication||UCAS code VP33|
|Art & Design History and Philosophy & Ethics||UCAS code V3V5|
|Art & Design History and Psychology||UCAS code VC38|
Graduates in Art and Design History work in galleries and museums, academia, the heritage and cultural industries, community work, the media, publishing, marketing, advertising, education and the commercial arts sector.
Skills developed studying Art and Design History such as visual analysis, critical awareness and interpretation, working with complex theoretical concepts and independent thinking will open up a wide range of career opportunities. You will also have the chance to follow a postgraduate programme such as our Masters in Art History and Curating.