This innovative degree combines archaeological, anthropological and art historical approaches to art. You’ll engage with a wide range of artefacts and artworks, from prehistory to the present day, and learn about visual and material cultures from around the world, making use of the world-famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). If you’re interested in the interdisciplinary nature of artistic and cultural study and inspired by the idea of examining societies from across the world, this course is ideal. On graduating you’ll be perfectly placed to start a career in fields ranging from museums and galleries to publishing and arts administration. Our leavers hold positions in national museums and university departments in Britain and abroad. As well as analysing the complex questions surrounding art practice and archaeological investigation today, you’ll learn through vocational modules that take you into real-life museums and collections. Through readings, discussions and object handling, you’ll learn to challenge assumptions and preconceptions about art and heritage. Along the way, you’ll become adept at researching independently and hone your skills in academic writing and referencing. Through group work, discussion and debate, you’ll gain the experience and confidence you need to present your work and opinions clearly and articulately. Throughout the course you’ll be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, bringing together expertise in the arts from the five inhabited continents. In your first year, alongside core lecture modules examining artistic techniques and forms, and the function and display of objects, you’ll learn on-site in the collections of the SCVA and the Castle Museum and Art Gallery. As you progress, you’ll explore different approaches to the historical analysis of artefacts and choose specialist modules to suit your interests and goals. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own interests by focusing in depth on particular periods, regions and cultural issues, including through a dissertation on a subject of your choosing. You also have the chance to participate in fieldwork.