BA (Hons) coursesArt and Design History*

Course Overview

Every piece of art and design tells a story.

Immersed in our creative community at AUB, you’ll study the rich histories of art and design attitudes, materials and practices.

You’ll learn how art and design practices have evolved in Western culture, and how they’ve been shaped by creative practices from outside of European and North American traditions.

As you trace Western creative practices from their emergence, right through to the present day, you’ll learn well-understood methods of analysing images and objects, as well as contemporary ethnographic approaches.

You’ll analyse the cultural and historical contexts of works of art, taking into account the contemporary contexts in which they are produced.

As well as learning how to be an effective researcher, the course will also help you to become a good communicator, able to relate historical practices in contemporary terms.

This course will start in 2018.

our creative hub

We are one of only a few universities to offer a history course on a creative campus.

You’ll be able to make the most of your creative surroundings – and try your hand at the practices and processes that students are learning in practical creative subjects.

You’ll have the opportunity to curate shows and exhibitions and to write about them, as part of the course.

Studying at AUB allows you to study Art and Design History within a creative context.

facilities and resources

On this course, you’ll be able to make use of our own design collection here at AUB, as well as those of our partner institutions, to help you hone your critical skills in analysing artefacts, exhibitions and live experiences.

The course works closely with art and design practitioners in industry, as well as with curators, writers and museum archivists.

You’ll also deepen your understanding of creative processes through collaboration with students working on practice-based degrees at the University.

This includes students from our BA (Hons) Architecture, Creative Events Management, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration courses.

You’ll be able to make the most of our Library.

a career you’ll love

This course will help you develop the skills that you need for a range of careers, including:

  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Art sales
  • Gallery education
  • Art/Design journalism
  • Art criticism/curation
  • Archivist, Gallerist, or Gallery Manager
  • Art/Design Conservator
  • Publications Editor
  • Further study


You can read more about learning and teaching at AUB and when you will receive your timetable here.



Looking to spend less than six months in the UK to learn? Take a look at our Study Abroad and Summer Courses.


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Please note: the UniStats scores below are not representative of this course. They have been aggregated by UniStats from data relating to similar courses in the creative arts sector.


  • QAA 2011

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