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BA (Hons) Art and Design History tells the history of culture and society through art and design objects, processes and ideas.

The course explores and examines works of art including painting and sculpture, everyday and rare items of design, as well as issues of criticism, consumerism, collecting and exhibition.

The course takes you on a journey through the modern era, from the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century right up to the present day. Students will gain a firm grounding in the visual and material histories that inform our present moment. 

Immersed in our creative community at AUB, you’ll study the rich histories of art and design attitudes, materials and practices. 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. Our course will help you to become a successful communicator who is able to make historical cultures relevant in contemporary terms.

Giving you both knowledge and skills, this course will be a springboard for a future career in the creative industries.