History of Art and French, B.A.

History of Art and French, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This degree combines History of Art with study of French. This combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges, and provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to an increasingly globalised workplace.


You will study a combination of language, art history and culture units, spending your third year abroad in a French-speaking environment which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for our students as staff respond in their teaching to new developments.

French is the first language of some 90 million speakers around the world. Alongside studying History of Art, this course offers a broad range of French studies through the study of language, history, literature and culture from medieval literature to French cinema. Specialists in French will encourage you to explore the relationship between literary and visual cultures.

Why study History of Art at Bristol?

All designed objects exhibit visual qualities specific to their origin. Art History looks at the interpretation of such artefacts in their cultural context, developing expertise in critical analysis through the promotion of 'visual literacy'. Such accomplishments will provide you with both an enviable set of professional skills and abiding personal enjoyment and understanding. At Bristol you will be taught by academics whose research helps shape the discipline. Fresh, exciting and challenging ideas inform all our units with the opportunity to follow both broader chronological, geographical and thematic elements and build your own research interest and projects in each of the course.

Our academic staff work on a wide range of topics including:

  • medieval visual culture
  • sculpture
  • early modern Italian art
  • art of the Weimar Republic
  • post-Soviet visual culture
  • British 20th-century painting
  • contemporary diasporic visual culture
  • modernism
  • synaesthesia
  • interdisciplinary research especially between art and music; art and sport and art and writing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Approaching the Object (skills unit)
  • Two of the following:
    • Introduction to Medieval Art
    • Introduction to Early Modern Art
    • Introduction to Modern Art
  • French Language
  • Reading Literary and Visual Cultures in French
  • Shaping France
Second year
  • Histories and Theories of Art (skills unit)
  • One of the following:
    • one lecture response unit
    • group project
    • one research-oriented Special Field and linked project
  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional French units (for example, Race in France, France 1940-44, Paris 1857-97, The French Novel)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • One research-oriented Special Subject
  • Dissertation
  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional French units (choice of literature, culture or history; for example, Literature and Political Activism, Francophone Identities in the Visual Arts, The French Renaissance, Around Cubism), assessed by dissertation or exam.


This degree will suit all those who enjoy researching and developing their own ideas and interests, and want the chance to study the significance of art, and visual culture more generally, across a wide range of periods and places. Such 'visual literacy' connects art history to all branches of the humanities, providing an exciting route into historical understanding and an appreciation of the central place of the arts for all civilisations. From medieval manuscripts, to cathedrals, graffiti and abstraction, to contemporary multimedia art, at Bristol you will have the opportunity to study both widely and also to develop specialist skills.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including French
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including French
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities or Education) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
  • BTEC: DDD plus grade B in A-level French*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including French
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 80% overall with 8 in French
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: No specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with A-level French at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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