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Degree type

BA

Course length

Location

Durham City

Degree type

BA

Course length

3 years full time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

VA01

UCAS code

VA01

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

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

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

Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

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 or 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

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

Learning

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £21,730 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £21,730 per year

The tuition fees shown for home 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 and EU 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 Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 91% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 83% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,750.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

In a world of increasing cultural and economic globalisation, the study of modern languages provides many opportunities.

Employers of all kinds are looking for ‘global graduates’: people with excellent communication skills, the ability to mediate sensitively between cultures, and the confidence to adapt to different environments. At Durham University, you can specialise in one or two languages and the cultural worlds associated with them – choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Spanish (Hispanic Studies), Italian, Japanese and Russian.

Ranking

  • World Top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the School of Modern Languages and Cultures web pages.

Facilities

We have over 110 teaching staff, including over 40 language teaching fellows and native speaker language assistants. The recently refurbished language laboratories have excellent audio-visual facilities and both main lecture rooms and small group teaching rooms are equipped for the increasing integration of film and other audio-visual material. The School’s Open Access Centre is situated in the same building, offering further self-access resources. Durham has first-class library facilities, with the main University collections supplemented by those of college libraries.

Apply

Find out more:

Use the UCAS code below when applying:

Apply

VA01

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) handles applications for all undergraduate courses.

Learning

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.

Entry requirements

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 team 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.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £22,900 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £22,900 per year

The tuition fees shown for home 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 and EU 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 Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 91% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 83% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,750.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

In a world of increasing cultural and economic globalisation, the study of modern languages provides many opportunities.

Employers of all kinds are looking for ‘global graduates’: people with excellent communication skills, the ability to mediate sensitively between cultures, and the confidence to adapt to different environments. At Durham University, you can specialise in one or two languages and the cultural worlds associated with them – choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Spanish (Hispanic Studies), Italian, Japanese and Russian.

For more information see our department pages.

Ranking

  • World Top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the School of Modern Languages and Cultures pages.

Facilities

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is a leading centre of teaching and research in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies. The language laboratories have excellent audio-visual facilities and both main lecture rooms and small group teaching rooms are equipped for the increasing integration of film and other audio-visual material. The School’s Open Access Centre is situated in the same building, offering further self-access resources. Durham has first-class library facilities, with the main University collections supplemented by those of college libraries.

Apply

Find out more:

Use the UCAS code below when applying:

Apply

VA01

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) handles applications for all undergraduate courses.

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