Why study Italian and History of Art at Warwick?
- Ranked ninth in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2016, our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
- Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study;
- the Transnational Resource Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs and videos in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
- Part of the course will be delivered by our History of Art department, which was ranked fifth in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016. It is also second in the UK for the percentage of Art History research publications achieving the highest classification in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 46% of these publications assessed as ‘world leading’. The benefit of working alongside scholars of such international standing is that you have great opportunities to join one of the most dynamic and cutting-edge places for the History of Art.
Dr David Lines
4th year undergraduate
Dr Jenny Alexander
History of Art
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This is a joint degree (50% Italian, 50% Art History) equally weighted between both disciplines and studied in both departments. You study Italian language at an appropriate level and foundational modules in Art History in year one. Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level. Your second year will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture. After the Year Abroad, you study Italian language and choose from a wide variety of options in both departments.
Optional modules range from studying the arts of modernity to exploring the cultural approaches to modern Italy. In your fourth year, along with other core and optional modules you may choose to research and write a dissertation bridging the two disciplines.
For module information please visit the Italian and History of Art website.
How will I learn?
We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through a variety of methods, including language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend one year of your course abroad – usually your second or third year, depending on your course. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement. For more details see individual course pages.
A level: AAB, including a modern language or classical language
International Baccalaureate: 36 points, including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical foreign language
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.
A level/Higher Level Italian not required. Candidates normally offer a modern foreign language at A/Advanced Higher/ IB Higher Level.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).
Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Departmental Open Days, which are held in the spring term.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history, as well as History of Art.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
Recent graduate destinations include:
Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
A level: AAB, including a modern or classical language
IB: 36 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
£9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.