Name of Programme
BA (Hons) History of Art and Heritage Management
Final Award
BA (Hons)
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [History and History of Art]
Programme Code(s)
UBAF2SHA / Full Time / 2 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: History of Art, Architecture and Design (2017)
Admission Criteria
A-level: BBB-BCC (or equivalent)
IB: 32-30 (or equivalent)
National Diploma: DMM
UCAS tariff: 112
Applicable Cohort(s)
September 2020
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
VD34
Summary of Programme
The study of Art History enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the cultural and historical role of works of art, architecture and design. The discipline trains students to look closely at art objects: to consider their physical and aesthetic values, to decipher the visual or symbolic codes embedded within them and to seek out and understand the historical and cultural contexts that produced them.

With Heritage Management:
The heritage elements of the programme explore in detail how the past is exploited and corrupted, how it can be used to create myths and identities, how it is interpreted by the heritage industry (museums, country houses, the entertainment industry etc.) and how heritage is managed.
Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge that can be adapted to a range of careers in the Art world, heritage and education, as well as the academic grounding to pursue further studies in History of Art or Heritage.

With Flexible Honours:
Students are given the freedom to choose between a rigorously designed programme with Heritage Management, or the combination of a similarly coherent programme (240-270 units) in History of Art with 90-120 units of study in a wide range of frontier subjects, including those taught in other Schools of the University. Where ≥90 units at the appropriate FHEQ Levels are selected from a single discipline, and where local pre-requisites are complied with, a combined honours degree will be awarded upon completion. All students are required to complete a dissertation project and/or, subject to availability, an external work placement.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The key aims of the programme are to develop through the distinctively multidisciplinary nature of the history of art, architecture and design, a range of visual, historical and critical skills for analysing primary evidence through works of art or architecture and their documentation to understand their original creative and cultural context or their significance beyond the particular time or place of their production, and to assess different approaches to interpreting the aesthetic properties or content of images, objects, buildings or other forms of artistic expression.

Assignments encourage learning through visual analysis and historical research presented in exercises, essays and class presentations to develop skills in selecting and organising information to construct arguments using a range of sources supported by appropriate use of illustrative material. Visits to museums, monuments and sites supplement lectures and seminar classes with experiential learning designed to contribute to both the art historical and to the heritage studies and management elements of the programme and to relate academic study to practical applications through observation.

The programme aims to equip graduates to enter professional employment in the wide range of careers for which the information management, organisational and communications skills commensurate with a humanities degree prepares them, as well as a suitable qualification for further academic study, graduate training or employment at an appropriate level in areas for which the subjects studied are particularly relevant.

The key aims of History of Art with Flexible Honours are:
- To provide knowledge of a range of cognate or contrasting subjects and disciplines selected according to each student’s intellectual interests and career objectives; or, of a single secondary subject/discipline, where ≥90 units are selected at appropriate FHEQ Levels
- To instil understanding of the methodologies and critical approaches, at basic, intermediate and advanced levels, of a range of cognate or contrasting subjects; or, of a single secondary subject/discipline where ≥90 units are selected at appropriate FHEQ Levels and local prerequisites are complied with
- To provide opportunities to synthesise and tailor knowledge and understanding to a bespoke programme of study undertaken with the advice and guidance of the Department of History and History of Art
- To facilitate the study, either broad or in-depth, of more than one subject/discipline, and to provide a wider range of skills-related outcomes than the study of Single Honours
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of their studies, students will have:
1. A broad historical knowledge of western art and architecture from the classical to modern periods.
2. The ability to characterise visual evidence and analyse it historically and culturally.
3. The awareness of critical concepts informing the interpretation of content and context in art and architectural history.
4. An understanding the significance to the history of art and architecture of related areas of study concerned with material culture.

Heritage Management specific:
5. Knowledge of the defining concepts and significance of heritage as a cultural resource.
6. An awareness of issues and practices relevant to heritage management.

Flexible Honours specific:
7. knowledge and understanding of a range of cognate or contrasting subjects and disciplines, studied at all three FHEQ Levels OR
8. knowledge and understanding of a secondary discipline (≥90 units) studied at all three FHEQ Levels

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures and seminars with study visits to sites and collections for direct observation and learning from original works.
2. Survey modules: lectures on historical developments and seminar classes to study key works, topics, and monuments.
3. Introduction to visual analysis; survey and specialist modules using visual imagery develop skills throughout programme.
4. Specialist subject modules develop methods and interpretations; advanced concepts course for dissertation/project.
5. Dedicated modules for design and decorative arts, history of collecting and non-western art.
6. Introduction to heritage management and history of heritage modules.
7. Specialist subject modules for practices and issues case studies, heritage culture.

Flexible Honours specific:
8. Context-dependent strategies from a range or single secondary discipline(s).

Assessment Strategy

Formative Assessment:
Essays, Visual Analysis Exercises, Critical Reviews, Seminar Presentations to develop approaches to observation and interpretation.

Summative Assessment:
Essays to demonstrate historical understanding, development of critical concepts, heritage studies.
Examinations to test historical knowledge and specialist studies.
Comparative visual exercises from identified images.
Dissertation/Project Report to assess integration of research and interpretational understanding.

Flexible Honours specific:
Experience of a variety of Free Choice or Flexible Option programme assessment strategies.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Source, select and apply information to construct arguments and contextualise topics historically and culturally from appropriate evidence, visual, documentary and secondary.
2. Synthesise, summarise and analyse critical interpretations.
3. Identify relevant approaches to presenting and discussing ideas and material evidence relevant to the art forms, critical concepts, case studies, issues or practices under consideration.
4. Plan and complete an independent research project, managing, appraising and organising information to support conclusions, communicate ideas and demonstrate critical judgement using primary observation and secondary sources.

Flexible Honours specific:
5. Apply techniques and methods of critical analysis appropriate to a range of cognate or contrasting subjects across the range of FHEQ Levels.
OR
6. Apply techniques and methods of critical analysis appropriate to a secondary discipline (≥90 units) across the range of FHEQ Levels.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures and seminars with study visits to sites and collections for direct observation and learning from original works.
2. Tutorial guidance and advice to supplement lectures and seminar classes in which methods, approaches and interpretational techniques are introduced and discussed.
3. Module bibliographies and advice for formative exercises, essays, presentations.
4. Directed reading for methods and interpretations; developed through special studies modules in different subject areas.
5. Use of visual evidence in classes and site visits.
6. Research undertaken with an assigned adviser to provide guidance in identifying sources and developing a project or dissertation.

Assessment Strategy

Formative Assessment :
All assignments involve applying cognitive skills in using relevant information to develop ideas and interpret a range of visual and other evidence.

Summative Assessment:
Essays demonstrate appropriate use of research and observation to construct and communicate concepts and arguments from relevant sources.
Dissertation/Project Report demonstrates research and analytical skills; presentation demonstrates conformity to academic conventions.

Flexible Honours specific:
Experience of a variety of Free Choice or Flexible Option programme assessment strategies.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Key skills:
1. The ability to collate and communicate relevant information in a clear and structured form in writing and orally using selected visual or other forms of evidence to illustrate and support the topic discussed.
2. The ability to articulate ideas and interpretations clearly to develop arguments and draw conclusions from the sources consulted and information cited.
3. The ability to make informed critical judgements of sources consulted in different media and contexts.
4. The ability to engage constructively and creatively in seminars and contribute ideas and observations to class discussions and study visits.
5. The ability to draw on a variety of sources to inform understanding and interpret artefacts and arguments.

Practical skills:
6. Time and project management for undertaking research and completing assignments.
7. The ability to Use IT skills to exploit and evaluate sources of information available electronically, research and use visual databases, process text, use illustrations in assignments and class presentations.
8. The ability to retrieve Bibliographical and other information.
9. Professional presentation of referenced papers and extended discussion of researched topic.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Essays and Dissertation develop independent learning, information management and selection, appropriate organisation of material and illustrations.
2. Seminar presentations and participation, study visits engaging with observation and discussion of original works, develop oral presentation skills.
3. Essays, Dissertation develop writing skills. Essays, Dissertation demonstrating selection of referenced sources and assessment of views and opinions where appropriate.
4. Participation in seminar classes and study visits.
5. Written work develops academic analysis of sources and personal observation.
6. Tutorial advice and guidance in preparing and presenting assignments.
7. IT training as necessary available from central University IT Services.
8. Tutorial guidance preparing assignments, Library training as necessary, course bibliographies.
9. Essays and assignments develop appropriate skills for presenting material according to accepted conventions and academic practice in the subject.

Assessment Strategy

Formative Assessment:
Essays, Seminar Class Presentations and Participation develop and demonstrate appropriate use of information and ability to communicate ideas.

Summative Assessment:
Essays and assignments demonstrate acquisition of skills and competencies in sourcing and using information relevantly to develop ideas and present arguments clearly.
Dissertation/Project Report demonstrates organisation of information and effective use of sources, presentation of material and engagement with ideas and arguments.

Formative Assessment:
Practical and academic skills are continuously monitored through tutorial advice, guidance in preparing and feedback from assignments.

Summative Assessment:
Acquired practical and academic skills appropriate to particular subjects, exercises and levels of study contribute to the appraisal of quality demonstrated through assessed assignments contributing in whole or in part to the assessment of individual modules and to the award of the degree, culminating in the Dissertation/Project Report.

Flexible Honours specific:
Experience of a variety of Free Choice or Flexible Option programme assessment strategies.
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link );
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Autumn 2019
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019
Date approved by School Board of Study
Autumn 2019
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University Annual Monitoring Review process.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BA (Hons) History of Art and Heritage Management

UBAF2SHA / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Research Skills in History and Art History [L4/15U] (HUFRSKH)
Classical to Byzantine & Early Medieval Art & Arch [L4/15U] (HUFCBMA)
Introduction to Heritage Management [L4/15U] (HUFIHMT)
Term 2
Spring
Medieval Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFMAAA)
Renaissance Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFRAAA)
Museum Studies [L5/15U] (HUFMUES)
Preliminary Examination
Term 3
Summer
Baroque to Neoclassical Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFBNAA)
Romanticism to Fin-de-Siecle 1800-1900 [L5/15U] (HUFRFDS)
The Making of England's Heritage [L5/15U] (HUFMOEH)
Term 4
Autumn
Modern Art from 1900 [L5/15U] (HUFMODA)
Critical Concepts and Developments in Art History [L5/15U] (HUFCDAH)
Secession Vienna 1880 - 1920 [L5/15U] (HUFSVIE)
Part 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Design and the Decorative Arts, Special Study [L6/15U] (HUFDASS)
Contemporary Art [L6/15U] (HUFCONA)
Institutions, Policy and Issues [L6/15U] (HUFIPAI)
Term 6
Spring
History of Collecting, Special Study [L6/15U] (HUFHCSS)
Non-Western Art [L6/15U] (HUFNOWA)
Heritage and Business [L6/15U] (HUFHABU)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Country House Form Function Culture [L6/15U] (HUFCHFO)
One of:
Modern British Art 1900 [L6/15U]
Victorian Culture [L6/15U] (HAXXXX5)
Dissertation (History of Art) [L6/30U] (HUFAHDS) *
Term 8
Autumn
Country House:Mgmt,Interpretation,Conservation [L6/15U] (HUFCHMI)
Internship [L6/15U] (HUFINTE)
Dissertation (History of Art) [L6/30U] (HUFAHDS) *
(Continued)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

* Dissertation or Project

 

BA (Hons) History of Art and Heritage Management

UBAF2SHA / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Introduction to the Western Canon [L4/15U] (HUFIWCA)
Florence Art and Architecture History and Culture [L4/15U] (HUFFAAH)
Making and Remaking Renaissance Art [L4/15U] (HUFMRRA)
Term 2
Winter
Classical to Byzantine & Early Medieval Art & Arch [L4/15U] (HUFCBMA)
Research Skills in History and Art History [L4/15U] (HUFRSKH)
Introduction to Heritage Management [L4/15U] (HUFIHMT)
Term 3
Spring
Medieval Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFMAAA)
Renaissance Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFRAAA)
Museum Studies [L5/15U] (HUFMUES)
Prelim & Part 1 Examination
Term 4
Summer
Baroque to Neoclassical Art and Architecture [L5/15U] (HUFBNAA)
Romanticism to Fin-de-Siecle 1800-1900 [L5/15U] (HUFRFDS)
The Making of England's Heritage [L5/15U] (HUFMOEH)
Term 5
Autumn
Modern Art from 1900 [L5/15U] (HUFMODA)
Critical Concepts and Developments in Art History [L5/15U] (HUFCDAH)
Secession Vienna 1880 - 1920 [L5/15U] (HUFSVIE)
Part 1 & P2S1 Examination
Term 6
Winter
Design and the Decorative Arts, Special Study [L6/15U] (HUFDASS)
Contemporary Art [L6/15U] (HUFCONA)
Institutions, Policy and Issues [L6/15U] (HUFIPAI)
Term 7
Spring
History of Collecting, Special Study [L6/15U] (HUFHCSS)
Non-Western Art [L6/15U] (HUFNOWA)
Heritage and Business [L6/15U] (HUFHABU)
P2S1 & P2S2 Examination
Term 8
Summer
Country House Form Function Culture [L6/15U] (HUFCHFO)
Dissertation (History of Art) [L6/30U] (HUFAHD1) *
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

* Dissertation or Project