New College of the Humanities to Offer Art History as a Contextual Course

Dr Melanie Gibson joins College as Visiting Professor & Convenor for Art History

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Dr Melanie Gibson

An appreciation of culture and aesthetics can inform our ability to think critically, and Art History will encourage our students to develop these skills.

(PRWEB UK) 14 January 2013

New College of the Humanities (NCH) has announced it will be introducing Art History as a contextual study option for students starting at the independent university-level college in September 2013. All NCH students study four modules in a second subject in addition to their degree as part of the College’s broader liberal arts curriculum.

Dr Melanie Gibson will join the College as Visiting Professor and Convenor for Art History and will teach two modules of the contextual course. Dr Gibson is director and tutor of the Islamic modules of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at the School of Oriental and Arabic Art (SOAS). Dr Gibson also set up and taught, with Dr Moya Carey, the ‘Artistic and Architectural Heritage of the Islamic World’ course at the Aga Khan University, London.

Dr Gibson has a BA in Arabic from Oxford, where she was a member of St Anne's College. She took her MA and PhD at SOAS, University of London.

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College said: “I am very pleased to announce the introduction of Art History and to welcome Dr Gibson to the College. Contextual courses at NCH allow our students to expand their academic horizons and excel in a range of subjects. NCH attracts students with a very broad interest and I am sure this addition will enrich their experience.”

“Art History will allow students to explore the visual medium and its impact on society and culture around the world. An appreciation of culture and aesthetics can inform our ability to think critically, and Art History will encourage our students to develop these skills.”

The four-module contextual courses form part of the broader liberal arts curriculum studied alongside a student’s degree at the College, which also includes three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, and also the College’s unique Professional Programme.


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Notes to Editors
New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject or Politics as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

In 2012, NCH made offers of full Scholarships, or generous Exhibitions to over 30% of applicants.
Scholarships are means-tested and cover the full cost of tuition over a three-year degree. These are awarded on academic merit, and students applying for these places will need excellent academic potential.

Exhibitions are based solely on academic excellence and the potential for a student to excel during their time at NCH. All students applying to NCH are automatically assessed for an Exhibition. Exhibition students pay £7,200 per year, a fee lower than that charged by many UK institutions.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. The next application deadline is Monday 21 January 2013. Visit for all enquiries and applications.


  • Thea Warren or Alex Bevis
    Four Colman Getty
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