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History of Art

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We are a dynamic, international department achieving high academic standards in the study of visuality, and ranked as the Top History of Art department in the UK (Guardian Guide 2019).
Our vibrant and stimulating postgraduate environment offers an MA in History of Art and research degrees at MA and PhD level.

Studying History of Art in Venice

We are the only UK university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full term in Venice. The Venice programme has been established for over 40 years and allows you to become familiar with works over time including exhibitions and events such as the Venice Biennale.


The History of Art Department was ranked fourth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the department. With expertise spanning the medieval to the contemporary, our teaching and research supervision is significantly influenced by the research success of our academic staff.

Waddesdon Manor

Exterior of Waddesdon Manor and garden

Our collaboration with Waddesdon Manor provides students with the opportunity to work closely with items from their extensive collection. First year students learn how to look, how to interpret what they see and gain an understanding of the relationship between art and its historical and physical contexts.

International students

A student perspective

First class!

I would like to congratulate your department at Warwick for being the best university for History of Art in the Guardian 2019 awards, not a surprise considering the excellent lectures at the taster course! Serena, year 12 student.

Visit History of Art Taster Days for information about our next course.

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