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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Creative Campus|UCAS Campus Code: L46
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Art and Design History is an exciting discipline that encompasses the study of visual artefacts, museum and gallery practices and the production and circulation of meaning around art and design. The Art and Design History combined honours degree provides a systematic understanding of art and design practices and theories with a strong emphasis on critical thinking.

Exclusive partnerships with National Museums Liverpool and Tate Liverpool, plus close collaborations with FACT and Bluecoat Gallery and Display Centre, offer you privileged access to important collections in Liverpool and experts working in the field. There is also the possibility to participate in overseas study tours – in recent years the department has visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Milan, Paris, Florence, Venice, Berlin and New York.

Another distinctive element of this degree is the curriculum, which covers key developments in art and design history. Furthermore, students in the second and third year will take ‘Professional Practice for Art and Design History’. These courses look at theoretical approaches to museology, as well as more practical considerations such as conservation, exhibition planning and design, curatorial practices and educational activities.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, small group tutorials, site visits, professional practice elements, special study preparation and a special study. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

For the Art and Design History part of your Combined Honours degree, there will be approximately 6 teaching hours per week in your first year, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. As well as teaching hours, you will be expected to spend a number of hours working independently each week, as well as working in groups to prepare for any group work you may have.


Assessment methods vary but include learning portfolios, essays, a textual analysis, exams, project work and a special study.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.


You will study a core art and design history theme, exploring key developments in ancient, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary art and design. This will be complemented by studying specialised topics informed by the research of art and design historians in the department. Furthermore, there will be professional practice projects and special study preparation, culminating in a special study.


Themes and Issues in Art and Design History (Part 1 and 2)

This will be the starting point of a lecture and seminar series that will address major themes and issues surrounding the production of Art and Design works from Antiquity to the present day. Themes and Issues in Art and Design History 1 will begin with exploring Greek and Roman Art and chronologically move on to the Middle Ages discussing medieval painting and sculpture as well as illuminated manuscripts. Art and Design History 2 will begin with exploring Renaissance Art in the North and the South, and move chronologically on to the 19th century, finishing with examining the beginnings of Modernity.

Art and Design History: Close Up Lecture

Most Close Up lectures will be based on the themes and issues covered in Art and Design History 1 and 2 lectures. They will offer you the opportunity to look at a very specific aspect in more detail. This could be a specific artist or artwork, making a connection of the themes and issues lecture topic to a different period that shows certain parallels, or it could be visual material such as films or video clips.

Art and Design: Historical and Contemporary Practices

This topic will address art and design in relation to the development of the industrial and post-industrial city, with particular reference to Liverpool and the North West of England. Liverpool’s dynamic history, its architecture and infrastructure will be a key focus, but you will also examine how artists and designers have responded to this history and used it as a foundation for their work and ideas. Key terms such as industrialism, post-industrialism and gentrification will be discussed. The topic responds to contemporary practice across the range of Fine Art and Design disciplines through a series of contributions from practitioners, theorists and historians. It will, in addition through study visits, consider how contemporary practice is displayed in the context of the museum and gallery.


Themes and Issues in Art and Design History (Part 3)

This element is the continuation of the Themes and Issues in Art and Design History lecture and seminar series that started in your first year. Now that you have studied Art and Design History from Antiquity to late 19th century, we will look at Art and Design and connected theoretical frame works from the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Special Topic

This is a lecture and seminar series based on tutors’ specialist areas. Topics that may be covered include Adventures in Realism: Radical British Art in the 20th and 21st Century, and Narratives of Production, from the division of labour to contemporary craftivism.

Professional Practice for Art and Design History

This topic introduces you to basic aspects of exhibition planning, project management and fundraising. The practical components will take place in seminars and are largely self-directed. You will be encouraged to establish an autonomous method of inquiry, leading to a year-group exhibition at the end of the academic year.

Special Study Preparation

The Special Study provides you with the opportunity to prepare for your thesis that you will undertake in your third year. It allows you to work independently and in-depth on a chosen subject relating to Fine and Applied Arts, which must be discussed and agreed with your supervising tutor.


Advanced Museum and Gallery Theory

This theme is structured as a series of lectures given by a diverse range of visiting speakers and complemented with a programme of theoretical lectures. It is aimed at all art and design history students, providing a breadth of content which is cross disciplinary and which encourages the formation of ideas and concepts and celebrates innovative practice.

The lectures are designed to encourage an exploration of the ways in which the art and design gallery is implicated in constructions of meaning of an artwork or artefact and you will develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to ‘readings’ of visual images and objects in relation to specific locations.

Advanced Museum and Gallery Practice

This is a more in-depth study of exhibition planning, project management and fundraising that you will have studied in your second year. The practical components will take place in seminars and are largely self-directed. You will be encouraged to establish an autonomous method of inquiry, leading to a year-group exhibition at the end of the academic year.

Aesthetics and Critical Writing

This offers you the opportunity to reflect on interpretations of art and design practice through a study of the critical discourse surrounding those practices. You will be encouraged to critically analyse texts relating to art and design practice, focusing on the five key formats of writing about practice, interviews, criticism, writing about installation and exhibition reviews. It also encourages you to engage closely with your own art and design practice, connecting the making of art and design with analytical critique.

Special Study

Development of the Special Study that you started preparing in your second year into a 5,000 word thesis. You will produce a professionally presented and in-depth study that further develops and strengthens subject knowledge, research skills, critical analysis and written communication skills.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Many graduates in Art and Design History go on to 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.



The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


As well as tuition fees, there is an additional cost of approximately £300 to cover the cost of the optional field trips each year.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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