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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

VA01 Visual Arts and Film BA Undergraduate  2020

Essentials

Essentials

UCAS code VA01
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
AAB
BTEC
DDD
International Baccalaureate
36
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
More information Still have questions?
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/mlac
Download Download as a PDF

Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

Combining still and moving images, advanced academic study and practical skills development, the BA in Visual Arts and Film at Durham is a programme like no other. It draws on staff research spanning historical periods from classical Rome to the present, and is almost global in its geographical reach, with an emphasis not only on Western art, film, and visual culture, but that of the Middle East, Russophone Eurasia, and East Asia. The very conceptions of the visual and the image students will explore in the programme are fundamentally shaped by this transnational perspective. With this transnational scope in mind, the programme offers extensive language-learning opportunities, while within Durham it draws on the outstanding collections of the University’s Oriental Museum, its distinguished Western Art collections, and the curatorial expertise of its staff. No previous study of art is required: just a desire to explore the vast world of visual art and film.

Course Structure 

The course is structured so that you:

  • acquire an appropriate breadth of knowledge of visual arts and film, considering historical and geographical range as well as the multifarious theoretical and critical approaches appropriate to the analysis of visual artefacts
  • develop specialist knowledge of film history and theory
  • pursue a programme of skills development in a) public-facing applications of visual culture research, and b) digital research methods.

At the same time, it provides numerous opportunities for you to pursue their own interests, which may involve developing linguistic competence, or expanding the geographical of historical range of their subject knowledge.

Year 1

You will study 3 core modules that lay a broad foundation for the study of visual arts and film, and 2 optional modules from within or beyond the Faculty. This may include a language.

Year 2

You will study 3 core modules that build on your knowledge and skills in film studies, exhibition display and curating, and digital research skills. Optional modules give you the opportunity to further develop their language skills or expand their knowledge of visual culture and film into more specialised areas, with a particular emphasis on historical and geographical diversity.

Year 3

You must undertake a dissertation project and special subject module. This gives you the chance to apply your existing knowledge in two distinct modules that encourage depth of research. Optional modules allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of exhibitions, to further extend your practical skills base in the filmmaking module, or to expand the geographical, historical, or thematic range of your studies.

 

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

The course has been designed to be fully inclusive, and to this end uses a wide variety of learning and teaching methods. The forms of learning and teaching are:

  • Lecture-seminars
  • Seminars and student presentations (individually and in groups)
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Research skills workshops and site visits
  • Research trips / fieldwork
  • Self-guided learning
  • Placements
  • Dissertation

Lecture-seminars are a hybrid mode of delivery, combining the ability to impart new important information and introduce new fields of enquiry quickly and economically, while also incorporating the interactive aspect of seminars.

Seminars and presentations are the main form of delivery on this programme. Learning and teaching in the small group format of the seminar is flexible, ranging from formal presentations given both by members of the teaching team and by yourself (individually or in groups) to informal group discussion (chaired by members of the teaching team or, in the Special Subject particularly, students themselves).

One-to-One tutorials will be used in Level 3 Special Subject and Dissertation modules. They offer you an opportunity to pursue your individual research interests with a subject specialist. Tutorials enable learners to develop, discuss, question and receive feedback on the full range of their subject-specific knowledge and critical understanding. The tutorials will be focused on the preparation of a research essay or the dissertation and will cover, in particular, critical understanding of key theories of visual art and culture and advanced knowledge of visual objects of different kinds.

Practice-based Workshops will develop students’ practical skills.

Research Trips / Fieldwork will be used in the level 3 Advanced Exhibitions and Curating module. Research trips to key museums, galleries and heritage organizations will offer you advanced knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of exhibition design. They will also offer you advanced knowledge of visual objects of different types and will afford opportunities to develop particular subject-specific skills.

Self-guided Learning. Comprising personal study supported by group discussions and feedback in seminars, this is an essential element of learning on the programme and of importance for all modules. You will undertake self-driven research, revision, and critical evaluation on topics and concepts associated with seminars, workshops, site visits and assignments.

 

Apply

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A level offer – AAB There is no language pre-requisite at GCSE or at A level.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD

IB Diploma score – 36 With 665 in higher level subjects.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors for more information. 
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

 

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £20,500.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

VA01 Visual Arts and Film BA Undergraduate  2021

Essentials

Essentials

UCAS code VA01
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
AAB
BTEC
DDD
International Baccalaureate
36
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
More information Still have questions?
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/mlac
Download Download as a PDF

Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

Combining still and moving images, advanced academic study and practical skills development, the BA in Visual Arts and Film at Durham is a degree like no other. It draws on staff research spanning historical periods from classical Rome to the present, and is almost global in its geographical reach, with an emphasis not only on Western art, film, and visual culture, but that of the Middle East, Russophone Eurasia, and East Asia. The very conceptions of the visual and the image you will explore in this course are fundamentally shaped by this transnational perspective. With this transnational scope in mind, the degree offers extensive language-learning opportunities, while within Durham it draws on the outstanding collections of the University’s Oriental Museum, its distinguished Western Art collections, and the curatorial expertise of its staff. No previous study of art is required: just a desire to explore the vast world of visual art and film.

Course Structure 

The course is structured so that you:

  • acquire an appropriate breadth of knowledge of visual arts and film, considering historical and geographical range as well as the multifarious theoretical and critical approaches appropriate to the analysis of visual artefacts.
  • develop specialist knowledge of film history and theory.
  • pursue a programme of skills development in, a) public-facing applications of visual culture research, and b) digital research methods.

At the same time, it provides numerous opportunities for you to pursue your own interests, which may involve developing linguistic competence, or expanding the geographical of historical range of your subject knowledge.

Year 1

You will study three core modules that lay a broad foundation for the study of visual arts and film, and two optional modules from within or beyond the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This may include a language.

Year 2

You will study three core modules that build on your knowledge and skills in film studies, exhibition display and curating, and digital research skills. Optional modules give you the opportunity to further develop your language skills or expand your knowledge of visual culture and film into more specialised areas, with a particular emphasis on historical and geographical diversity.

Year 3

You must undertake a dissertation project and special subject module. This gives you the chance to apply your existing knowledge in two distinct modules that encourage depth of research. Optional modules allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of exhibitions, to further extend your practical skills base in the filmmaking module, or to expand the geographical, historical, or thematic range of your studies.

 

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

The course has been designed to be fully inclusive, and to this end uses a wide variety of learning and teaching methods. The forms of learning and teaching are:

  • Lecture-seminars
  • Seminars and student presentations (individually and in groups)
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Research skills workshops and site visits
  • Research trips / fieldwork
  • Self-guided learning
  • Placements
  • Dissertation

Lecture-seminars are a hybrid mode of delivery, combining the ability to impart new important information and introduce new fields of enquiry quickly and economically, while also incorporating the interactive aspect of seminars.

Seminars and presentations are the main form of delivery on this course. Learning and teaching in the small group format of the seminar is flexible, ranging from formal presentations given both by members of the teaching team and by yourself (individually or in groups) to informal group discussion (chaired by members of the teaching team or, in the Special Subject particularly, students themselves).

One-to-one tutorials will be used in Level 3 Special Subject and Dissertation modules. They offer you an opportunity to pursue your individual research interests with a subject specialist. Tutorials enable learners to develop, discuss, question and receive feedback on the full range of their subject-specific knowledge and critical understanding. The tutorials will be focused on the preparation of a research essay or the dissertation and will cover, in particular, critical understanding of key theories of visual art and culture and advanced knowledge of visual objects of different kinds.

Practice-based workshops will develop your practical skills.

Research trips / fieldwork will be used in the level 3 'Advanced Exhibitions and Curating' module. Research trips to key museums, galleries and heritage organisations will offer you advanced knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of exhibition design. They will also offer you advanced knowledge of visual objects of different types and will afford opportunities to develop particular subject-specific skills.

Self-guided learning. Comprising personal study supported by group discussions and feedback in seminars, this is an essential element of learning on the programme and of importance for all modules. You will undertake self-driven research, revision, and critical evaluation on topics and concepts associated with seminars, workshops, site visits and assignments.

 

Apply

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A level offerAAB. There is no language pre-requisite at GCSE or at A level.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

IB Diploma score36 with 665 in higher level subjects.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors for more information. 
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

 

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees for 2021/22 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus