Introduction to Arts & Humanities

Every year millions of students opt to study a subject that falls into the category of Arts & Humanities.


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History Degree Courses

History degrees focus on combining primary and secondary resources to gain a sense of the lived experience or narrative of a range of historical periods.

Why apply for a History degree?

History is a fascinating subject that looks at the past, what happened, how it affected the people at the time, how it continues to affect people in the present day, and how it could affect people in the future.

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Humanities Courses Degree Courses

Applying for a degree in the Humanities can be the right choice for applicants with multiple interests in arts and humanities subjects but who are not yet sure of the field in which they wish to specialise. Degrees are generally built around a modular structure, with introductory courses in subjects such as History, Literature, Languages, Classic and Religious Studies (to name but a few), leading to greater emphasis on a single area later in the course. Most subjects that come under the banner of Humanities will be assessed through long and short form essay writing or written examination, so this course suits applicants with an overwhelming interest in culture and society and the ability to process large amounts of written information to structure a coherent argument.

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Music Degree Courses

Studying Music as an academic discipline used to be all about classical, and this still forms a big component of many music degree courses. In recent years, however, there has been an explosion of courses teaching you all aspects of the broader music industry, from sound engineering and music technology to composition and the music business itself. Check the components of each course, and the requirements of entry, very carefully before applying. Most courses will expect a high degree of proficiency on at least one instrument and a sound grasp of music theory, but the exact specifications can vary depending on the focus of the course.

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Common Interview Questions for a Music Degree

For many university courses you won’t need to attend an interview, you just submit your UCAS application and wait for the offers to start coming in. However, for talent-based courses, such as Music, Drama, or Art and Design you might be required to interview and/or audition as part of the application process.

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ApplytoUni’s definitive guide to studying music in the UK

In the UK, you can choose to study for a degree in a range of musical areas and UK universities have a high international reputation. The listing below summarises the music degree courses available; for up-to-date rankings, see the Guardian League Table for Music 2013.

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Preparing to study Music

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, provides some guidance for anyone who's thinking about auditioning to study music.

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Photography Degree Courses

Photography has changed the way we look at the world in which we live, allowing us a different perspective through which to frame our experiences. If the thought of engaging intellectually and creatively with this most beguiling of technologies excites you then studying a degree in Photography could be for you. Generally administrated through art schools, photography courses can vary greatly from department to department. There are also specific courses available in Digital Photography, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, among others, so have a think about the area you might like to work in before applying. Regardless of your specialism, some background in photography and/or the creative arts will be expected of all applicants, and you will most likely be asked to produce a portfolio of work before being offered a place.

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