History of Art and Italian, B.A.

History of Art and Italian, B.A.

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


Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force.

You will study a combination of language, art history and culture units, spending your third year abroad on a study or work placement in an Italian-speaking environment to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in history of art and in Italian culture. Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for students as staff respond in their teaching to new developments.

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 Italian
  • 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
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary Italian society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post-A-level: two culture units
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
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional Italian units (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’sInferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • Dissertation
  • One research-oriented Special Subject
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional Italian units (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s).


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 a modern language*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including a modern language*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • 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* Distinctions may be required in specific units.
  • BTEC: DDD. All applicants must demonstrate a capacity for language learning.*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language
  • 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 a modern language*
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: No specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *Italian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level 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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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