Semester Abroad (École du Louvre, Paris) HISTART5121

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course enables a Level 5 student in History of Art with requisite French language skills to spend a semester studying at the École du Louvre, Paris on an Erasmus exchange basis.  


As provided by Ecole du Louvre to equivalent of 60 credits at GU

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College Masters Level 5 and enrolment on a GU History of Art Level 5 programme (Mandatory)

Mandatory French to a minimum of C1(TCF)  

Entry is at the discretion of both institutions (GU and EdL). A sample of writing in French and/or interview in French may be required.

Excluded Courses





Note that assessment methods may vary depending on individual modules. Equivalent to 60 credits at GU

Course Aims

This course provides the opportunity for the study of art, design and exhibition culture within the framework of the rich cultural history of Paris. Students will select in consultation with the host institution a range of courses. The semester abroad may include a work placement opportunity and/or dissertation research at the discretion of both GU and the receiving institution.


The aims of the course are to:


● introduce students to a range of art, culture and history through the study of objects, primary texts and the key scholarly literature in French and other languages 

 engage students in critical debate and reflection on the history of art

● support students' development of their ability to engage with scholarship and discussion in French through individual and group study

● train students to work closely with historic objects, collections and archives through study visits and teaching in the field making use of the rich resources in Paris

 equip students with practical skills for advanced primary research and its effective presentation in oral and written form.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


● articulate a nuanced comprehension of the historical periods covered by the courses taken in Paris

● distinguish between different intellectual approaches and traditions in the discipline

● analyse connections between art and display cultures

● critically evaluate the international nature of visual culture in and around France

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.