BA History of Art and Spanish (VR34)

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UCAS code VR34
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 38
Number of places for 2016/17 13

About BA History of Art and Spanish

This course combines history of art with study of Spanish. This offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges, and provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to an increasingly globalised workplace.

Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and is the second language of the USA. You will study a combination of language, art history and culture units encompassing the Spanish-speaking world, including Latin America.

Your third year will be spent abroad studying or working in a Spanish-speaking environment which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for students as staff respond in their teaching to new developments in research.

More about History of Art

Find out more about studying History of Art at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Approaching the Object (skills unit)
  • Two of the following:
    • Introduction to Medieval Art
    • Introduction to Early Modern Art
    • Introduction to Modern Art
  • Spanish Language
  • Introduction to the Literature and History of Spain and Latin America

Second year

  • Histories and Theories of Art (skills unit)
  • One of the following:
    • one lecture response unit
    • group project
    • one research-oriented Special Field and linked project
  • Spanish Language
  • Two optional Spanish units (eg: Social Conflict and Political Upheaval in Spain, Nationalism and national Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955, Race, Religion and Gender, Women’s Writing in Postwar Spain, From Frontiers to Football: Nations in Latin America)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Dissertation
  • One research-oriented Special Subject
  • Spanish Language
  • Two optional Spanish units (eg: Atlantic Cinema, Spain in Transition 1966-92, The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca, Hispanic Sociolinguistics, Conquest and Colonisation: Spanish America 1492-1700, Columbia: History and Culture since Independence)
Further details about the course structure for History of Art
Further details about the course structure for Spanish

Typical offer for BA History of Art and Spanish

(including international A-levels)
AAB including a modern language*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including a modern language*
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities or Education) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
BTEC DDD. All applicants should demonstrate a capacity for language learning.*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall with 8 in a modern language*
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English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:No specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*Spanish can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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