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History and Philosophy of Art and English and American Literature BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the History and Philosophy of Art subject area.
- Subject area: History and Philosophy of Art
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: VQ33
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
For over 20 years, Kent has been at the cutting edge in providing innovative and interdisciplinary teaching approaches in the visual arts. We have established research strengths in aesthetics, contemporary art, photographic studies, the philosophy of art, art history and in developing teaching approaches to the subject. These interests are reflected in the rich variety of modules we offer our students throughout their time at Kent.
The high quality of our teaching has led to History and Philosophy of Art staff receiving several university teaching awards as well as nominations for excellence in practice in the students' union annual awards for excellence in teaching.
Alongside traditional academic modules, there are also opportunities for practice-based learning and engagement with the visual arts, for example, by taking photographs, writing criticism, curating exhibitions, or by collecting art, on behalf of the department, for our growing and highly distinctive Print Collection. All of these modules provide both a high level of academic engagement with the subject and give you some of the key aptitudes required for future employment in a competitive job market.
Following an award from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), we are running a pilot programme providing direct support for our students with their personal statements and testimonials for their future careers. We also offer a year in industry option.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
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Teaching and assessment
English and American Literature
Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element.
History and Philosophy of Art
In History and Philosophy of Art, we emphasise a close working relationship with students. The personal tutor system ensures that all of our students have access to a designated tutor for pastoral support and additional academic guidance throughout their time at Kent.
All modules include weekly lectures and small group seminars, but a distinctive feature of History and Philosophy of Art at Kent is that many modules involve visits to London museums, and other out-ofclassroom teaching venues. Helping students to acquire independence of thought and the skills of autonomous study are central to our teaching ethos.
All modules provided by History and Philosophy of Art are assessed solely by coursework, such as essays, presentations, image or text analyses and other module-related activities. This helps you develop in-depth knowledge of topics within modules that are most interesting and relevant to your study, and to acquire a wide range of generic and transferable skills. We have found formative assessment of this type both rigorous but also responsive to the ways in which students learn and develop their academic confidence.
English and American Literature
Throughout your studies, you learn to think critically and to work independently; your communication skills improve and you learn to express your opinions passionately and persuasively, both in writing and orally. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the employment market.
Our graduates have gone into: journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management; or on to further study for postgraduate qualifications.
History and Philosophy of Art
At Kent, we take the commitment to supporting and preparing our students for life after university very seriously. A degree in History and Philosophy of Art enables you to explore the history, meaning and nature of the visual arts, while also giving you the skills for a career in the arts industries and elsewhere. In terms of careers in the visual arts, the following are just some of the areas our recent graduates have entered: archivist and art historian; art librarian; arts shipping and insurance; arts therapy; auctioneering; craft studio workshop management; community arts/project development work; art dealing and brokerage; valuer; gallerist; heritage management; independent curator/art consultant; journalism; picture/provenance researcher; and photography.
In addition, many of our students opt to go on to postgraduate study in areas such as: museum curation and management, restoration and conservation, teaching, cultural tourism and the heritage sector.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
For applicants taking the Kent IFP, passing with an average of 60%, including 60% in the literature module, is a requirement for entry onto the first year of these degree programmes.
AAB-ABB from 3 A levels, IB Diploma 33 points overall or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher Level.
English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B
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Key Information Sets
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