Undergraduate Degrees

Oferta 2016/2017

  • Degree in Art History

    General Information

    Description:

    The duration of the Degree in Degree in Art History is of 4 years. The minimum number of credits needed to obtain the degree is 240 ECTS credits.

    Responsible Center:

    Modality: Attendance required

    Teaching Languages: Spanish, English (Elective Subject)

    Distribution and Credits:

    • Basic Formation: 60
    • Compulsory Subjects: 132
    • Elective Subjects: 42
    • Undergraduate Thesis: 6

    Registration fees for first-time enrollment in a full course:  759,54 €

    Access and Career Opportunities

    Profile of the New Student
    • Recommended High School modalities with the PAU examination passed: Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • Higher Grade formative cycle: Administration and management, Graphical arts, Commerce and Marketing, Hostelry and Tourism, Image and Sound, Communication and Social-Cultural and Community Services.
    • Access examination for people Older than 25, 40 or 45.
    • University degree.

    Attentive, analytical and critical attitude. Intereset in developing and transmitting knowledge that is useful for society and in knowing better the social process of the past and the present, in all their socio-economic, political and cultural complexity. Disposition towards working and studying.

    Professional Opportunities

    Professional profiles:

    • Research and/or teaching
    • Dissemination in the media, publishing houses and enterprises of tourism.
    • Labor activities according to specific competences (adaptability, flexibility).
    • Protection and management of the historical-artistic and cultural heritage in institutions and enterprises.
    • Conservation, exhibition, and commerce of works of art (museums, art galleries, institutions and cultural enterprises).
    • Catalogin and dissemination of the artistic heritage and production of knowledge on Art History.
    Academic Opportunities

    Premises and services

    All the classrooms and seminars are equipped with new technologies (PC, projector, Internet access, etc.). The Faculty has meeting rooms, social spaces, IT rooms, lunchroom for students, etc.

    Mobility and international relations:

    ERASMUS mobility agreements: Bochum (Germany), Besançon, Bordeaux, Lille, Poitiers, Rennes and Tours (Francia), Athenes and Tsalonika (Grecia), Szeged (Hungría), L'Aquila, Naples, Perugia, Pisa and Venice (Italy), Coimbra, Lisboa and Oporto (Portugal), Sakarya (Turkey).

    SICUE-SÉNECA mobility agreements: Alicante, Cantabria, Castilla- La Mancha, Balearic Isles, León, Madrid Complutense, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid.

    Internships, employment and tutorial action plan

    Internships in town councils, historical archives, etc.

    Tutorial action plan for new students.

    Characteristics of the Center

    Premises and services

    All the classrooms and seminars are equipped with new technologies (PC, projector, Internet access, etc.). The Faculty has meeting rooms, social spaces, IT rooms, lunchroom for students, etc.

    Mobility and international relations:

    ERASMUS mobility agreements: Bochum (Germany), Besançon, Bordeaux, Lille, Poitiers, Rennes and Tours (Francia), Athenes and Tsalonika (Grecia), Szeged (Hungría), L'Aquila, Naples, Perugia, Pisa and Venice (Italy), Coimbra, Lisboa and Oporto (Portugal), Sakarya (Turkey).

    SICUE mobility agreements: Alicante, Cantabria, Castilla- La Mancha, Balearic Isles, León, Madrid Complutense, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid.

    Internships, employment and tutorial action plan

    Internships in town councils, historical archives, etc.

    Tutorial action plan for new students.

    Further information

    Justification of the Degree

    The importance of Art History in modern society

    Art History is a scientific and humanistic discipline whose main goal is to analyze artistic production, its processes of creation and reception, the historical-artistic heritage, and its social contribution within the History of Culture, constituting a knowledge relevant to modern society. During the past few decades in Spain, there has been an important increase in the socialization of culture and art as part of it, with the not only the State, but also the Autonomous Communities and the Town Councils, assuming an important responsibility in the recovery, the analytical study, transmission and dissemination of the historical-artistic heritage, with concrete actions on it, generating an increasing demand of new professionals.

    In response to this situation, we will consider that the Degree in Art History proposed is academically unquestionable and needed in the new labor market. This Degree is born from the principle that the goal of Undergraduate Degrees is a general formation, but that we also conceive the Degree as a professionalizing formation, which pays attention to the demands by society and to a series of professional profiles, and which offers the most complete and versatile formation to the student, at the same time that it makes them more adaptable to the constant changes of society and the labor market. In particular, the fields that deal with the conservation, tutelage and management of heritage, without forgetting other professional options such as teaching and research. Thus, the Degree in Art History must have a generalist profile, but, at the same time, it must be deep in its contents, offering a formation that adapts itself properly to the very diverse demands of the labor market in a society that, apart from the culture of knowledge (which goes hand in hand with university learning), focuses primarily in leisure culture and cultural management.

    Social demand and possibilities of entering the labor market

    The studies conducted based on the White Book of the Degree in Art History indicate that the Degree in Art History is one of the most consolidated and request Degrees in the area of Humanities in Spain, with it being offered in 27 universities -28 if we count the Diploma in Art History of the University of Navarra- distributed in most of the Autonomous Communities. In this sense, we consider relevant to remind that, since a revision and renewal of the Undergraduate Degrees is required with the challenge of facing the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the National Agency for Evaluation of Quality and Credentials (ANECA) requested in 2003 the creation of White Books to those Degrees that may fulfill three premises: existing as a Degree in numerous European countries; having professional profiles well-defined for labor insertion, and showing a structure of studies that meets the requirements of the EHEA. The Degree in Art History was among the chosen ones. The Departments of Art History of the Spanish universities, among which is found that of the University of Oviedo with its Director, Tenured Professor María Soledad Álvarez Martínez, with a large consensus, as the result of the collective work that shows the cooperative spirit and the professional vocation possessed by Art Historians, we present the White Book of the Degree in Art History, published by the ANECA in Madrid in 2006 (DP B-53.403-2006).

    Furthermore, we can see how, in the past few years, there has been a constant demand of places by students who, in general terms, has not been affected much by the decrease in young population, as the demand is situated above the avarage in most universities. In terms of the University of Oviedo, a social demand sustained throughout the past five years can be seen. This way, new enrollments has been, for the 2003-2004 academic year, of 70 students; 84 students for the 2004-2005 academic year; 89 students for the 2005-2006 academic year; 79 students for the 2006-2007 academic year, and 89 students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

    This is a Degree that has increasing possibilities of insertion into the labor market which is more diversified and flexible. In the survey conducted in 2005 among more than seven thousand graduates in Art History by the editors of the White Book, in collaboration with a team of Methodology of Behavioral Sciences of the Faculty off Psychology of the University of Barcelona, in relation to the professional outlets of the Degree, 65% found a job during the first year after graduating. And within the first two years, 90% of the graduates. Although it is evident that not every one of them find a job in the profile of their formation in Art History, it is undeniable that thanks to the versatility, depth and quality of the formation received, a growing group is employed in the professional fields naturally related to the Degree.

    Traditionally, teaching and research have been the main professional outlets for Art Historians. Nevertheless, during the past few decades, the increasing social interest on culture and heritage has been offering many other very interesting professional fields. The Art Historian is a professional who may operate as an independent worker, self-employed or entrepreneur, or independently from the service of public or private institutions, in mono- or multi-disciplinary teams. In these fields, they conduct work related to the protection, management, dissemination and documentation of the historical-artistic heritage, as well as cultural management.

    The editing team of the White Book of the Degree in Art History, in collaboration with the team of Methodology of Behavioral Sciences of the Faculty off Psychology of the University of Barcelona, under the direction of Dr. Cosculluela, surveyed in 2006 graduates, teachers and university students and, above all, private employers and employing institutions of Art Historian in all of Spain. From the results of the study, the first one of this nature in Spain, there are five points worth mentioning:

    • Protection and management of the historical-artistic heritage in the institutional and business world: cataloguing of monuments, urban planning, technical counceling and historical-artistic evaluation, management of programs and human resources.
    • Conservation, exhibition and marketing of works of art: museums, artist and cultural centers, archives and image centers (photo libraries, film libraries, etc.), auctions and expertizing, antiquaries and expert's reports, art stewarding.
    • Difusión del patrimonio artístico: interpretación, turismo cultural, programas didácticos.
    • Research and teaching: university, scientific institutes, arts and crafts schools, tourism schools, design schools and medium education.
    • Production, documentation and dissemination of the contents of Art History: specialized work in publishing houses, information media, new audiovisual technologies and electronic support.

    In fact, in the aforementioned survey of 2005, 88% of the surveyed graduates who declare that they work in fields related to Art History identify themselves with one of these five profiles. This way, 26% fit in the profile of "conservation, exhibition and marketing of works of art"; 25% in "teaching and/or research"; 20% in "dissemination of the artistic heritage"; 12% in "protection and/or management of the historical-artistic heritage"; 5% in "production, documentation and dissemination of contents", and 12% in other fields.

    From this data, we can deduce that the main activity of our professionals (26%) is in professional activities in museums, exhibition centers, galleries, antiquarians, among others. These, among with the profiles related with heritage, constitute 58% of the professional outlets.

    In the same, we see that 25% of the recent graduates work in matters related to research and, above all, teaching, especially in medium education. We can clearly see how our professionals are competitive with others from different fields of the Humanities.

    The least chosen profile, that of "production, documentation and dissemination of contents", in which only 5% claims to work, is due to the recent development of new technologies and the need for experts to generate cultural contents, a need we expect to grow considerably in the next years, and the competence of other professionals who have also entered this field (Bachelors in Fine Arts, journalists, historians, etc.). Lastly, the remaining 12% has mentioned generic professional fields that link to activities related to the Humanities and the Social Sciences (work in libraries, archives, cultural management, among others), or other redundant fields to those proposed.

    The studies of the White Book highlight the strength of the demand for jobs and the capacity for market insertion of the graduates in Art History. They also show optimist projections for the future, once the convergence to the EHEA is sure. Said consideration greatly coincides with the surveys conducted by the University of Oviedo, which have analyzed the state of the matter and the perspectives of the Degree in Art History, taking into account the Asturian social, economic and demographic tissue.

    Experience and quality

    In relation to the University of Oviedo, and taking into account the studies conducted in Spain about the Undergraduate Degree in Art History, as well as the interest of the Faculty of Geography and History in improving the quality of the teaching plans offered by their Degrees, projects of teaching innovation have been started in the Bachelor's Degree in Art History during the 2005-2006 academic year. Said projects, which affect the fourth and fifth years that make up the second cycle of the Bachelor's Degree, as well as the first and second years of the first cycle during the 2008-2009 academic year, are a renewal and an adaptation to the new European methodologies, and whose results have been taken into account in the design of the new Degrees.

    With the prospect of the establishment of the Undergraduate Degree in Art History, we must point out that the Department of Art History and Musicology currently has a teaching and research staff that is highly motivated for teaching, currently at the Bachelor's Degree, the PhD Program and the Master's Degree, and research, participating in national and international scientific forums of reference, and the innovation in different aspects of a dynamic discipline in constant progress. The activity of the faculty of the Department is diversified in different specialities, with research lines related to the study of Art History, in its different facets, but also to the protection, dissemination and assessment of the historical-artistic heritage.

    Relation with the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of Asturias

    On the other hand, the proposal of the Undergraduate Degree in Art History of the University of Oviedo presents a clear link with the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of Asturias, an autonomous community that posseses a very rich historical-artistic heritage, an important archeological and historical-industrial legacy, whose knowledge, assessment, research, dissemination and management is responsibility of Art Historians.

    In particular, it is especially noteworthy the interest in Asturian Pre-Romanic art, whose legacy has been declared Heritage of Humanity.

    Nowadays, more and more graduates in Art History have distinguished positions in our community, in matters related to the Administration of the Principality (particularly in the Council of Culture and Tourism), and Town Councils, Museums, Art Centers, Archives, Documentation Centers, Foundations, galleries and enterprises devoted to the management and dissemination of heritage.

    Areas of influence of the Degree

    The area of influence of the Degree in Art History extends itself in the whole of the national territory, without forgetting the constant presence of students related to mobility plans such as the Erasmus or Sócrates, who carry the influence of these studies abroad. Currently, there are 29 universities where this Degree is offered: the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Central University of Barcelona, the universities of Castilla-La Mancha, Cordoba, xtremadura, Girona, Granada, Illes Balears, Jaén, La Laguna, León, Lleida, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Complutense University of Madrid with its departments of Art I, Art II and Art III, the universities of Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, País Vasco, Salamanca, Santiago, Sevilla, Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona, Valencia, Valladolid y Zaragoza, alongside the University of Navarra that offers the Diploma in Art History.

    In response to this situation, the proposal of the Undergraduate Degree that we have created has started with the Study Plan for the Degree in Art History, created by the Departments of Art History of all the Spanish universities where the Bachelor's Degree is offered, approved on December 12, 2007, in Madrid, under the sponsoring of the Spanish Committee of Art History (CEHA), that gives continuity to the White Book. The goal of said common study plan, in its general regulations, is mainly to favor inter-university mobility of the students (in particular for the SICUE/SÉNECA program) and also of teachers. At the same time, it aims at facilitating a more cohesive academic framework for the foreign student. In this sense, we feel obliged to mention, to conclude, that the new structuring of the official university Degrees, established by Title VI of the Organic Law 4/2007, dated April 12, that modifies Organic Law 6/2001, dated December 21, that allows for the reorientation of the aforementioned process of convergence of our university Degrees with the principles of the EHEA, has made us plan this Teaching Plan for the new Undergraduate Degree in Art History. In it, we have followed the directions of the Royal Decree 1393/2007, dated October 29, that establishes the organization of official university studies, which, following the principles established in said Law, emphasizes the conception and expression of the autonomy of the university.

    Termination of the Curriculum

    Adaptation to the Undergraduate Degree

    During the time when the characteristics of the regulations that, in general terms, will be created by the University of Oviedo are not yet know, and always seeking to avoid that the students may be negatively affected by this process, a procedure for the adaptation to the Degree has been designed, as detailed in the following table:

    Bachelor's Degrees that are supressed by the establishment of the proposed Undegraduate Degree:

    The establishment of the Undergraduate Degree in Art History of the University of Oviedo means the conclusion of the current studies of the Bachelor's Degree in Art History, (Resolution of October 1, 2001, BOE 19-10-2001).