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History of Art Taster

Pre University History of Art Taster
Have you ever considered how to become a gallery or museum curator, a heritage manager or conservator, archivist or archaeologist, publisher or picture researcher?

If you are passionate about History and Art and would love to study both historical and contemporary works of art from many perspectives, then our History of Art taster course may be for you.

student.jpgTaught by staff from Warwick’s Art History Department, one of the leading departments in the UK, ranked number one by the Guardian 2019, our tasters are two days long and packed with introductory seminars and field trips in London as well as a guest lecture enabling you to make new discoveries about the wealth of treasures in London and learn about History of Art from a leading UK University.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to work alongside your peers and to network and socialise in an informal environment. Courses will introduce you to exciting concepts in your chosen discipline, opening your mind to new ideas and will reflect the highest standards of Warwick learning. The course will give you an opportunity to see what it is like to study History of Art at University-level.

Programme content

Over the two days, you will enjoy:

  • An opportunity to experience what it is like to study History of Art at University-level
  • 6 hours of teaching from Warwick staff covering topics on the art and architecture of London, historic and contemporary, usually taught to undergraduate students at university
  • Time out in the capital exploring art and architecture
  • Guest lecture from a top Warwick Faculty member
  • Readings and study materials provided for the course
  • A workshop on university applications
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • A certificate of attendance


Thursday April 11th

10.00 Welcome and outline: Dr Jenny Alexander

10.15- 11.00 Workshop: Dr Jenny Alexander, History of Art at Warwick: Workshop on the application process

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-Noon Lecture 2: Professor Lorenzo Pericolo, Renaissance Women in Art

12 noon to 12.45 Lunch at Warwick in London

1.30-3.30 Afternoon visit 1: Dr Rosie Dias, Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.

Disperse from National Gallery

NB: Dr Rosie Dias to escort students to NG

Friday April 12th

10.00-11.00 Lecture 3: Dr Jenny Alexander, Graffiti, Art or Vandalism?

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-Noon Lecture 4: Dr Sarah Walford, Artists and the City

12 noon to 12.45 Lunch at Warwick in London

1.30-3.30 Afternoon visit 2: Dr Otto Saumarez Smith, St Pancras, the Midland Grand Hotel, and the British Library.

Disperse from British Library

NB: Dr Otto Saumarez-Smith to escort students to St P.

Entry criteria

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are looking to apply for University or have already applied. You must be at least 16 years old in order to apply and be undertaking or have previously completed A levels or equivalent (key stage 5).

There are no subject specific criteria apart from curiosity about History of Art and a desire to learn and passion for the discipline. This course may be of interest to students considering single honours or joint honours study of History of Art.

English Language Requirements

The Pre University Tasters will be taught in English, so students must be able to demonstrate a good level of proficiency in English language and comprehension. We assess student's English ability through their application form, any English language qualifications and correspondence.

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Course dates

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Discounts and offers

We offer a fantastic early bird booking discount. If you book more than one week before the taster courses, you will pay a reduced fee of £200.

We also offer a £200 fee per person for groups of 5 or more from one school regardless of when you book.


The full fee for the History of Art Warwick Pre-University Taster is £330, and this is a fully inclusive cost and includes all tuition and hospitality.


We offer a number of bursary places. More information.


Course Leader:
Dr Jenny Alexander

Course Teacher:
Dr Rosie Dias

Course Teacher:
Professor Lorenzo Pericolo

Course Teacher:
Dr Otto Saumarez-Smith

Course Teacher:
Dr Sarah Walford

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