The central aim of the Art History minor is to train you to look closely at works of art, architecture and design, and to acquire knowledge and understanding of their aesthetic, cultural and historical contexts.
History with Art History BA
In choosing History as a major, you have chosen a life-enriching pursuit. History is the sum of human experience and the study of the human condition. This endlessly fascinating subject demands analytical rigour, precision of thought, and the ability to communicate clearly. The BA (Hons) in History offers the study of a broad sweep of history. Our curriculum approaches the past in all its guises: economic, political, social, cultural and intellectual history.
In your History major, you will study a diverse range of subject matters, from the Middle Ages to the modern day. You will study two survey courses; six increasingly focused period-specific courses, which encourage real intellectual depth; and one course reflecting on the nature of the discipline and equipping you with the skills to master it.
By choosing Art History as a minor you will have the opportunity to widen your view of history through the study of cultural artefacts, developing a greater understanding of the people and times that created them. You will develop critical skills in how to look, to think, and to present your ideas succinctly and persuasively.
Teaching & learning
You will experience an average of over 10 high-quality contact hours with academics per week, typically consisting of:
- 6 hours of degree lectures
- 1-hour one-to-one tutorial
- 1-hour small group tutorial
- 1.5 hours LAUNCH seminar
- 2 hours NCH Diploma lectures
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Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.
New College of the Humanities’ degrees have been designed and created by the College’s world-class professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research. Read more
In the case of the History major and minor, the curriculum is overseen and developed by Dr Lars Kjaer, BA (AU), MPhil, PhD (Cantab), Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at NCH London.
In the case of the Art History major and minor, the curriculum was overseen and developed by Dr Melanie Gibson BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Lond), former Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Art History, Senior Editor for the Gingko Library Art Series, Outreach Director for the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS), and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.
New College of the Humanities has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). NCH is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UK Visas and Immigration’s Tier 4 sponsorship requirements. See the QAA for more information.
The New College of the Humanities undergraduate degree programmes have been validated by Solent University as being of an appropriate standard and quality and will lead to the Solent University award of the BA (Hons).
To reflect the greater richness of your studies and the additional Core Courses and professional development programme that you study at the College, you will be awarded the NCH Diploma in addition to your degree. The diploma sets you apart from other graduates by marking the greater breadth of your education at the College. The NCH Diploma is a non-credit bearing award.
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Related degree programmes
The following degree programmes feature this major