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Curatorial Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Curatorial Studies (Including Foundation Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
History of Art, Architecture and Design
BA V359JS
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
08/06/2017

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

External Examiners

Prof Richard Simon Clay
Newcastle University
Professor of Digital Cultures

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CS711-4-FY Skills for University Studies Compulsory 0
02 AR113-4-AU Art and Ideas: I(A) Core 15
03 AR115-4-SP Art, Sex and Death Compulsory 15
04 AR119-4-SP Art and Ideas: I(B) Core 15
05 AR121-4-SP Art Revolutions Compulsory 15
06 Art History option or outside option(s) Optional 30
07 Art History option or outside option(s) Optional 30

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AR346-6-AU Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 Compulsory 15
02 Capstone: AR347-6-AU or AR347-6-SP Compulsory with Options 15
03 AR322-6-AU The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet Compulsory 15
04 AR312-6-SP Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present Compulsory 15
05 AR343-6-SP Art, the Law and the Market Compulsory 15
06 Art History option(s) Optional 30
07 Art History option Optional 15

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To offer a foundation to students interested in becoming exhibition curators or working in other areas of gallery management, such as museum education or conservation.

To provide the opportunity for an in-depth understanding of major developments and ideas associated with the interrelated fields of exhibition design and art history.

To introduce students to a variety of interpretative methods and forms of questioning, particularly those appropriate to studying the display of artworks and other visual artefacts. Some of these include: theories about the social and political implications of exhibition design, architecture, and visual representation; approaches to analyzing the value and function of visual artworks and the environments in which such appear; and critical approaches to examining the conditions of the production, circulation, and reception of visual artefacts.

To develop students' capacities for independent thought and critical reflection.

To encourage both an appreciation of and critical engagement with the visual arts and exhibition display, particularly through first-hand observation.

To equip students with the basic skills necessary to work as a curator or in related fields of gallery management.

To provide the knowledge and skills—such as critical inquiry and argument, imaginative understanding, written, spoken and visual interpretation, communication and presentation—that will not only prepare students for particular careers but will also enhance their opportunities for employment in a wide range of other careers.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum that might be expected of a graduate of the School of Philosophy and Art History of the University of Essex. It is the intention of the School that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

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B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.