All History of Art teaching is organised by the Faculty and often involves on-site study in museums or historic buildings, as well as lectures, seminars and supervisions. A typical Part I student can expect the following in their first year:
Paper 1 Objects (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms)
- Two on-site seminars per week (usually in a museum or a particular building in town)
Paper 4/5 Meaning of Art and Architecture (Michaelmas) AND Paper 2/3 Making of Art (Lent)
- One class-based seminar
- Three lectures per week
- One supervision per week
- One essay per week
All Part I students have a one-hour supervision for the short dissertation during Lent Term.
|Typical Offer Conditions
||41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
||See the University’s Entrance Requirements page
||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.
Two school essays on any subject.
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.
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.