Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology
- About the programme
- Programme structure
- Entry requirements
- Tuition fees & scholarships
- Career prospects
|• Programme duration :||3 years|
|• Delivery language :||French|
|• Degree awarded :||Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology|
|• Accreditation :||The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.|
|• Deadline to apply :||11 August 2023|
The Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology provides students with the knowledge and skills for rewarding careers in art and archaeology. The degree covers Middle Eastern, Western and Asiatic Civilisations and retraces the history of socio-cultural exchanges and their influence through the ages (from prehistory to the contemporary era).
The degree aims to provide students with the knowledge and analysis techniques related to all disciplines. It provides a broad historical, sociological and technical overview of these key areas of study. Students will understand and develop methodologies and critical thinking in architecture, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, photography and cinema across different historical periods.
Students are therefore taught a full knowledge of these artistic disciplines. This includes their historical origins, the main periods and places of creation, the various functions and/or meanings assigned to art and the exchanges that have taken place since ancient times.
During the three years, students acquire comprehensive knowledge and analytical techniques essential to archaeology and history of art practices. They also study Egyptology, Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Greek and Roman worlds, History of Art in the Middle-East and Asia (Indian, Chinese and Islamic Art) and History of Art of the Western World (Arts from the Middle Ages, modern and contemporary arts). Classes on new technologies and methodology in History of Art are also included in the programme.
This programme offers a wide historical, technical and artistic overview of fundamental disciplines. Students also learn to enhance their critical thinking skills while analysing works of art from different historical periods and various geographical contexts.
In addition to the fundamental courses, students can attend courses from other departments (History, Philosophy, Sociology and Literature), participate in workshops on campus, meet professionals, visit museums, art galleries and monuments in the UAE and overseas.
By the end of the programme, students will be able to identify different categories of archaeological or artistic objects, provide various technical, iconographic and stylistic analysis, scientific interpretation and bring out all forms of architectural, archaeological and artistic heritage. Students will have acquired a comprehensive and strong archaeological and artistic knowledge, enabling them to understand stakes and challenges of art and heritage in the contemporary world.
The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience. Personalised tutoring is also available for students to enjoy a more individual learning experience.
The knowledge and skills acquired prepare for several career options including curators, archaeologists, speakers, programmer and cultural mediator. Numerous other opportunities lie in the fields of heritage institutes and tourism, cultural publishing and journalism, teaching and research and communication. Graduates are also well positioned to apply for postgraduate degree programmes at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi or abroad. The rich cultural heritage of the UAE, coupled with the construction of several museums on Saadiyat Island, such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, widens the scope of potential career opportunities for students who choose this discipline.
- General methodology
- Ancient Near East
- Greek Antiquity
- 19th century Art
- Extra-european worlds: Americas, Africa, Oceania, Islam
- Art and Archaeology of countries of Islam
- Speciality Methodology
- Roman Antiquity
- Medieval Art (I)
- Art and Archaeology of countries of Asia (I)
- 20th and 21st centuries Art (I)
- Modern Art (I)
- Medieval Art (II)
- Greek or Roman Antiquity
- Modern Art (II)
- Art and Archaeology of countries of Asia (II)
- 20th and 21st centuries Art (II)
- Heritage history
- Middle-east, Arabic Peninsula and Gulf Countries: archaeology, art and heritage (I)
- Middle-east, Arabic Peninsula and Gulf Countries: archaeology, art and heritage (II)
- French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20 or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
- French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE). Students with a French Baccalaureate are exempted from the language proficiency exam**
* Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted following a review of high school subject results, supporting exams score and a student’s personal statement.
** Students not meeting the required French Aptitude Certificate will be admitted conditionally in the programme, and enrolled in the Foundation Year in Intensive French. Upon its successful completion, they will be admitted into the bachelor degree programme.
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• Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
||AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)|
• Payment of fees:
HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students
Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)
Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.
Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)
• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining
New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.
- Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
- American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
- British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
- SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
- International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
- French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.
Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)
• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship
Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment
Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.
Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.
The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.
Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Preferential rate: 10% Family discount
Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.
Where do Archaeologists and Art Historians work?
Below is a non-exhaustive list of available job sectors and career options after a Bachelor degree in History of Art and Archaeology, depending on graduates’ interests, experience and further studies.
Archaeology & Heritage
- Heritage & archaeology consultant
- Assistant curator/curator of archaeology
- Cultural resource field lead
- Environmental specialist – archaeologist
- Heritage manager
- Historic buildings archaeologist / inspector
- Historic sites conservation planner
- GIS and geomatics project officer
- Archaeology lab director
- Architectural historian
Museums, Galleries, Auction Houses and Art Centers
- Arts administrator (management)
- Art conservation and restoration
- Art acquisitions director
- Art investment consultant
- Collections manager or registrar
- Museum & art gallery manager
- Art mediator
- Art exhibition project manager
- Auction house consultant
- Cultural heritage officer
- Museum archivist
- Museum researcher
- Education and cultural engagement director
Public Services & Administration, Governmental Agencies
- Foreign affairs officer
- Cultural policies lead
- Public policy adviser
- Strategy manager
- Researcher & analyst
- Art law specialist
Media, Journalism, Publishing, Library
- Art magazine editor
- Museum marketing manager
- Audience development manager
- Cultural programmer
- Documentation photographer
- Awareness & outreach programme manager
- Multimedia development specialist
- Art librarian, archives librarian, digital collections librarian
- Reporter, correspondent
- Technical writer / editor
Communications, Marketing and Public Relations
- Art programme manager
- Non-profit fundraising or philanthropy manager
- Art & engagement mediator
- Public relations manager
- Strategic partnerships director
- Public affairs specialist / director
- Senior content specialist
- Head of audience (research & data)
- Visitor experience supervisor
- Historical author, columnist
- Market research analyst
- Museum national outreach manager
- Travel & tourism consultant
- Researcher & travel guide
- Cultural mediator
- Guide speaker
Education and Research
- High school teacher (history of art, history)
- Higher education professor, teacher, lecturer (history of art, archaeology, humanities, archaeology and science)
- University archivist
A whole range of postgraduate studies are available after a Bachelor degree in History of Art and Archaeology. Examples of areas of specialization (Master and PhD) include:
- History of Art: History of Art and Museums Studies, Cultural Mediation, Professional Art Restoration, Law and History of Art
- Archaeology: Archaeology and Heritage, Digital Archaeology, History and Civilization
Archaeology and Science: Archaeometry, Archeozoology, Archeothanatology, Paleobotanic, Anthracology,
Geomorphology, Bioarchaeology, Micromorphology, Pedology
- Social Anthropology
- Curator Examination
Where do SUAD graduates go following a Bachelor degree in History of Art and Archaeology?
The following non-exhaustive list of institutions is based on SUAD placement records for alumni of the Archeology & History of Art department.
- Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (UAE)
- Sorbonne Université (France)
- Sciences Po Paris (France)
- École du Louvre (France)
- Museum d’Histoire Naturelle (France)
- École Pratiques des Hautes Études (France)
- Université Lumière-Lyon II (France)
- Université de Fribourg (Switzerland)
- University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
- University of Oxford (UK)
- University of Edinburgh (UK)
- University of Leicester (UK)
- University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- New York Film Academy (USA)
- Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
- New York Institute of Technology (UAE)
Postgraduate admission requirements in terms of eligible and relevant undergraduate degree vary widely from country to country and from one institutions to another. Candidates may refer to the admission requirements applicable to each institution.
Best career exploration websites for students
Amna Al Zaabi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Archeology and History of Art in 2017, and she immediately pursued her studies at SUAD where she completed a Master in History of Art & Museum Studies in 2019. Amna is currently a Curatorial Assistant at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where she supports all curatorial projects in the museum. This includes assisting with artworks selection and preparing for potential acquisitions to enrich the collection. In addition, she contributes to permanent and temporary exhibition research, planning, organization, and realization. One of her missions is to closely work with the Collection Management Department to safeguard the artworks. Amna is passionate about her work and uses storytelling and her three languages including French to share knowledge with a wide public.
Diletta completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and History of Art at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in 2011. The proximity of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the attractiveness of the artistic community in UAE allowed her to focus on the Islamic period. In 2012, she joined the prestigious École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in Paris where she completed a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Religions and Societies, then a PhD in Political Science jointly with the Université de Fribourg (2019). Diletta is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Université de Fribourg.
Karla Galal Schwartz, a Brazilian Lawyer, completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and History of Art in 2009 as part of the first class from the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. After returning to Rio de Janeiro working for a few years as a Lawyer and being an art lecturer at panels, she chose to pursue an academic career. From 2015-2017, Karla completed a Master’s Degree at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro focusing on the Design of Art Exhibitions. She is currently pursuing her PhD from the same university with a thesis on comparing the practices of Art and Design and plans to finalize it by March 2021.
Karla Galal Schwartz
Wataa obtained in 2012 a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and History of art at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Her experience in the art world has materialized through internships (Abu Dhabi Art, Art Dubai). The completion of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at New York Institute of Technology in Abu Dhabi (2013) then allowed her to better integrate into the professional setting. She started to work in Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation until 2017 to develop projects and to prepare business plans for Abu Dhabi Festival. This experience allowed her to join in 2017 the Umm Al Emarat Park where she is managing of cultural events.
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