3 years full-time
By combining English and History of Art you'll get to explore how textual and visual material interact with one another. You'll learn how to master art-historical and literary criticism, and discover the connections between different artistic media. In doing so you'll gain you an exciting and fresh perspective on the history of human expression.
You'll cover a broad range of literary and art-historical topics that range from the classical period to the 21st century. Our international outlook takes account of the European and global contexts of art and literature.
You'll equally split your time between English and History of Art this year. We'll introduce you to several modules focusing on different sources and critical approaches.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
This year you can choose to focus more of your time on one subject or the other, or to split your time equally between the two. You'll choose and combine several courses from:
This year you can choose to focus more of your time on one subject or the other, or to split your time equally between the two.
You'll also write a dissertation bridging the two subjects. This demonstrates your skills in independent study and innovative research.
You may also take a foreign literature module this year.
If you're also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of options both in the English-speaking world and in Europe.
The Department of English and Related Literature is second overall in the UK for research performance and the Department for History of Art is third overall in the UK for research performance. (REF 2014)
We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you'll mainly be taught in seminars of 12-15 people. You'll also take part in workshops, attend lectures, and consult staff on a one-to-one basis. You can expect around eight hours of contact time a week – and sometimes more.
You will be assessed mainly through essay writing. Essays will range from short exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice. In addition,
Studying English and History of Art together will not only widen your range of skills, but will broaden your career prospects. Many students will go on to careers related to art and media, the skills this degree will give you open up a wide range of opportunities.
My undergraduate degree in History of Art was extremely visual. I was able to immerse myself in the writings and ideas of so many incredibly clever people and came to see visual culture as fascinating, valid and a gateway to understanding.Leila Johnston Digital copywriter
All applications must be made through UCAS.
Normally, we'll only interview mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your literary interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
D3, D3, M2 including D3 in English.
Access to HE
35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in English.
80 overall, with 85 in English.
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.