English and Art History BA (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
UCAS code:
QV33
Start date:
September 2025
    • 94% of our research overall in English Language and Literature was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
    • 97% of our research overall in Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021) 
    • 7th in the UK for History of Art (The Guardian University Guide 2024)

Explore how literature and the visual arts shape our culture and society. 

We offer a bold, forward-thinking curriculum that allows you to study a thousand years of literature in new and progressive ways. Offering a distinctive approach to a radical breadth of literary texts has made us one of the UK’s most respected and exciting English departments.

You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with your own writing, supported by our experts. They have many links with the creative industries as well as literary events in Brighton, including the poetry series Placeholder and the festival The Coast is QueerYou’ll learn about the ability of writing to transform the world we live in. You also explore a wide range of visual material – from painting and architecture to sculpture and dress. Our engaged and passionate tutors will guide you through each year of your degree.

You benefit from our fantastic campus facilities including the Art History Lab and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, and exceptional links with galleries and museums including Tate Modern and the V&A.

Our teaching has involved:

We’ve also previously offered our students career-building experience through schemes – such as Sussex Writes – that bring the power of reading and creative writing to the public.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

The two subjects complement and enhance each other, and the tutors encourage you to explore beyond boundaries.Amanda Cooper-Grundy
English and Art History BA

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are currently under review – please check back in early March 2024.

Modules

This is a joint-honours course, offering you a combinations of subjects, each taking up 50% of your time.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

If your application to study abroad is successful, you’ll have to meet the academic requirements at Sussex and also at the partner university. Find out more about studying abroad as a Sussex student

Studying abroad boosts your confidence, gaining language skills, international connections, and a totally fresh perspective on life (and literature!).”Josephine Mortimer
English (with a study abroad year) BA

Placement (optional)

To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can provide you with information and advice. If you’re successful in obtaining a placement, this will form part of your course.

Find out more about placements and internships

Please note that if you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of your course with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Options

You choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

TEF 2023 silver

Silver

The student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.
This rating was awarded in 2023, for four years.
(Teaching Excellence Framework 2023)

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Fees

Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2025/26 – please check back in September 2024. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2025/26.

Careers

English is multidisciplinary and flexible. Art History is a practical humanities subject. Studying them together gives you transferable skills in critical analysis, research, communication, independent thinking and problem-solving. You’ll also understand how visual culture works – an essential skill in an image-saturated society.

You can use your English and Art History degree to go on to postgraduate study, or for careers in fields such as:

  • the arts, libraries and archives
  • PR, media and journalism
  • teaching and higher education.

What to do with an English, Literature and Creative Writing degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in after studying for a degree in English, Literature and Creative Writing

Working while you study

Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Scoping strengths and interests – Amy Drayton, English BA

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