|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
Are you interested in art, working in galleries and have a passion for reading and literature? Our joint honours programme Art History and English Literature offers a critically engaging and expansive approach to the discipline of art history combined with literary studies.
Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our Art History and English Literature programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists, artistic media as well as literary theory and practice with opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.
As an arts student, you become part of an artistic community based within the School of Arts’ Jarman building – a creative hub for students of art history, film, drama and media studies.
Several of the staff in Kent’s School of English are published authors and poets. Seminars form a crucial part of your learning experience and you become skilled in articulating your own ideas.
In your first year, you are given a firm foundation in some of the aesthetic, interpretative and methodological approaches in art history. You also receive an introduction to work-related skills directly relevant to employment in the visual arts sector, such as visual arts writing and exhibition curation. In addition, you are introduced to literary theory and explore the major forms of literature: poetry, narrative prose and drama.
Throughout your second and third years, there are opportunities for you to develop and expand your engagement with both disciplines through a range of specialist modules. These may include Renaissance and Baroque art, modernism, contemporary art, French painting, surrealism, photography and aesthetics.
The English Literature element of your degree gives you a thorough grounding in literary studies in the English language from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. You can choose from a wide variety of modules in fields such as American literature, creative writing, and postcolonial literature.
Kent’s School of Arts has its own exhibition space, Studio 3 Gallery, where you can develop professional curatorial and gallery management skills.
Kent’s Templeman Library gives you access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your academic and professional development throughout your studies.
The School of Arts puts on many special events, which you are welcome to attend. In previous years, these have included symposia, seminars, conferences and exhibitions.
There are also a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for example:
The School of English runs research seminars, workshops and social events, as well as a successful creative writing series of readings, where well-known writers and publishers share their experiences and skills. Previous guests include: