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History of Art - Key facts

Are you thinking about applying to study History of Art or History of Art with Italian at Warwick?

Here you will find information about our courses and staff, as well as plenty of useful insights about our teaching.

Discover our modules

We teach a wide range of subjects that cover contemporary to medieval periods and we are increasingly global in our outlook. During your three years of study, you can choose modules that suit your interests and learn about a wide range of topics and periods.

Your first year gives you the skills to become an art historian, through the subjects you study as well as through our specialised Study Skills module. This is planned around your needs, from essay writing, visual analysis, critical engagement or iconography − including what all these terms mean! Your first year is all about adjusting to study and student life, so we don't carry first year marks into the second year.

Another highlight of the first year is the Interpretations module, run with Waddesdon Manor. This helps you learn about art history methodology, through the practical study of world-class works of art from the Rothschild collection.

Your second and third years are more specialised, with plenty of options to choose from, including a Practical Art module if you like studio work, and of course, the world-famous Venice term. This gives you the chance to explore art and architecture while living in the most beautiful city in the world. You will study contemporary art at the Venice Biennale, learning about the world's most significant exhibition of artworks while guided by your Warwick lecturers.

Find out more about our undergraduate modules

All About Art live chats

Join us for our All About Art live chats – the best place for a lively discussion about art!

Here we put works of art under the microscope and discuss clues about meanings, interpretations and the stories behind paintings, sculpture, buildings and other arts.

Join us every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm and stay online afterwards to ask any burning questions about the course or the university.

Register for the next All About Art live chat

History of Art events

We're also providing links to activities to get you involved in History of Art events and projects, and there will be plenty of things for you to do during the year.

Meet the staff

Our staff are dedicated teachers and researchers and you will be studying with the leaders in their subjects. Find out more details about our professors and tutors, their research interests and contact details.

More about History of Art department staff

Information on careers

We help you get started on your career in many different ways. Our dedicated Senior Careers Adviser works with you from the start of your studies, so that you're ready to move into a great career when you graduate.

More on History of Art careers

History of Art reading list

If you're keen to get going before you arrive, here are some suggested books to read.

James Hall, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art (London: John Murray, 1991)

Donald Preziosi, The Art of Art History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

David Freedberg, The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)

Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006)

Erwin Panofsky, Meaning in the Visual Arts (London: Penguin, 1993; first published 1955)

Niklaus Pevsner, An Introduction to European Architecture (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972)

Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style (Oxford: Clarendon, 1972)

Mary Beard and John Henderson, Classical Art, from Greece to Rome (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Nicola Coldstream, Medieval Architecture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Malcolm Andrews, Landscape and Western Art (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Leo Steinberg, Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972)


All About Art live chats

Join our lively online discussion group every Tuesday. Sign up to chat about art with staff and students at Warwick.

Undergraduate courses

Meet Us

Please contact us to arrange a visit:

History of Art Department
Millburn House
University of Warwick
United Kingdom

+44 (0)24 7652 3005