Art and design histories are stories that enrich and inspire our present.
Immersed in our creative community at AUB, you’ll be part of the living processes of art and design today. This course offers students a unique focus on academic study while acquiring key industry skills within a creative university.
You will learn how art and design has made our world and continues to enrich it. We will introduce you to ways of thinking rigorously about art and design, develop your skills in journalistic writing, presentation and curation, and teach you how to navigate the evolving and dynamic contemporary creative sector.
Future roles may include work in galleries, museums, heritage, arts and design policy, journalism and publishing.
What you'll study
We’ll introduce you to art and design from around the world, from Europe, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Exploring histories and theories of visual and material culture from the 1750s to the present, you’ll learn how to analyse images and objects within their social and cultural contexts.
You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to analyse and communicate histories and theories of art and design. You’ll explore how art and design can be narrated through art collections, exhibitions, curation and criticism.
You’ll also be able to work collaboratively with art and design students to create events, exhibitions, blogs and print publications.
Our course will help you become a successful communicator who is able to make historical cultures relevant in contemporary terms. Giving you both knowledge and skills, the course will be a springboard for a future career in the creative industries.
Studying at AUB
- Read more about learning and teaching at AUB and when you will receive your timetable here
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Watch the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Art and Design History, Dr. Colin Perry, sharing his insight into why art and design history is so important.
Studios and Resources
Studying at AUB allows you to learn about art and design history within a creative context. We are one of the few universities to offer an art and design history course on a creative campus.
You’ll gain experience working alongside artists and designers, enabling you to develop practical and organisational skills for your future career.
You’ll have the opportunity to curate exhibitions and to write about them as part of the course. You’ll also be able to make the most of your creative surroundings and try your hand at practices and processes that students are learning in practical creative subjects.
At AUB, you’ll have unique access to resources including the Museum of Design in Plastics (MODiP). You’ll also have access to TheGallery, an extensive exhibition space at AUB with a regular series of curated exhibitions of high-profile designers and artists.
Staff On The Course
At AUB, you’ll be taught by high-profile international arts and design academics, writers, curators and artists. Our tutors are specialists with a rich knowledge of the cultural sector both in the past and the present.
Dr Colin Perry is course leader for Art & Design History at AUB. He is an art historian, critic and editor. His writing on art appears regularly in magazines including Art Monthly, Frieze and ArtAgenda. He has a PhD from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Before joining Arts University Bournemouth he taught at universities including Central Saint Martins and Westminster University, London. Dr Perry is interested in how art relates to different publics, cultures of...Full profile
What Graduates Are Doing
This course will help you develop the skills that you need for a range of careers in the vibrant cultural sector, including commercial art and design, the public sector, heritage or charity. This includes:
- Art and design journalism
- Gallery education
- Gallery management
- Archives and conservation
- Communications, public relations, marketing
- Art and design sales
- Publications Editing
- Further study
Our Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to supporting you in turning your creativity into a great career. You can read more about this here.
The Applicant Day
We’ll use the information in your UCAS application to make a decision on your application, including your personal statement and your qualifications. If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll make an offer and invite you to attend one of our Applicant Days. These give you the opportunity to find out more about the course, meet staff and have a tour of the AUB campus.
Please note: the UniStats scores are not representative of this course. They have been aggregated by UniStats from data relating to similar courses in the creative arts sector.