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History of Art

Typical Offer Conditions

IB:41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Other:See the University's Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements

Desirable:A Level/IB Higher Level in one or more of English, a foreign language (ancient or modern), History, History of Art (or equivalent), Religious Studies or Classics

No particular subjects at A Level (or equivalent) are required for the History of Art course but subjects should be primarily academic. Subjects like History, English, Modern Languages, History of Art, Religious Studies and Classics are ideal, and Mathematics and experimental sciences are acceptable if accompanied by one or two arts A Levels. Art/History of Art does not necessarily confer an advantage.

Written Work

Two school essays on any subject.

Admissions Assessment

All applicants for History of Art are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. Please see the Admissions Assessments page on the University website for further details.

General Comments

Art historians study visual and material culture in their historical contexts. As such, we are looking for students with the potential to develop both acute skills of visual analysis and the ability to interpret works of art and architecture in relation to the social, political, religious and intellectual circumstances in which they were made and received.

At interview, candidates may be shown images of works of art and architecture, not as a test in identification or art-historical knowledge, but rather to allow the discussion of some of the issues raised by images. Interviews usually last 20–25 minutes, and you may be asked a range of questions arising from your essay, personal statement, and current studies. In particular, we will seek to assess your intellectual curiosity and potential for development as an art historian, academic aptitude and commitment to studying. In order to do so we may ask some unexpected questions, but your interview will take the form of a relaxed, informal conversation.


Miss Vicky Mills
Admissions Officer
Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

t: +44 1223 332535

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