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Thinking About History of Art at Warwick?

Live Chats Q&A

"I would absolutely recommend Warwick, the support on offer for new students like myself has been brilliant - particularly so, given the unusual circumstances of 2020", comment from a recent Live Chat.

Calling All Offer Holders!

Have you discovered our Live Chats yet? We have a regular Tuesday meeting at 5pm to talk about Art, called 'All Things Art'. We bring the Art and you bring your thoughts and ideas about it.

We've had topics such as, 'Women Painted by Women, and by Men', 'Landscape, Myth and Majesty', 'New Art in Old Places', 'Women and Mythical Creatures' and 'London: The Great Metropolis'.

Join us to try it, you'll be very welcome.

STOP PRESS: Live Chat is back on Tuesday October 27th at 5pm, on the theme of 'Reading Paintings', hope to see you there!

Project Suggestion

If you'd like to get working on Art History before you start, then we have just the project for you.

How would you like to curate a Virtual Exhibition?

There's a brilliant on-line resource called 'Art UK' that links in to all the galleries in the country and their website has a Curation part where you can collect together a whole group of works of art under your own title.

It's here:

The project is to create a virtual exhibition, of no more than 10 works of art, on the subject of: 'The Artist and the Sea', or 'Animals and People', so choose your works of art, put it all together and then write no more than 300 words about how you made your choice.

Bring the final result with you when you come to Warwick and we can feature these on our web-pages for everyone to enjoy.

Quick Links:

When you get your offer / Art Historians in the News / Making your choice / Module choices / When you get your results / Students starting in September

Arts Excellence Scholarships

You will have heard about the Arts Excellence Scholarships at our open days and through information on our web pages, we are pleased to let you know that we are not intending to make any changes to the scheme already announced.
The scholarships will still be awarded on the basis of the achievement of AAA, or higher, or equivalent through the award of grades process agreed between Ofqual, the schools and the exam boards.


Warwick students with catalogues signed by Damien Hirst after meeting the artist during the Venice term.

When you get your offer

Congratulations! You have received your offer to study your course in the History of Art at Warwick! We were really impressed by your application and were very happy to make you an offer.

Thank you for applying to us, we realise that you have plenty to think about as you decide which places to chose as your firm and insurance offers.

With that in mind we invite all students with an offer to study the History of Art at Warwick to a special series of Invitation to Art History days to get to know the staff and students and to get a feel for what it's like to study here. These Invitation to Art History days are held in November, January, February and March. As part of the day, you'll have the chance to hear from students and staff about what makes our course, and Warwick, so special, see round the department and the campus, as well as have lots of time to chat informally over lunch. To give you a real impression of being a student with us, there's a presentation about the subjects what we study, a mini-lecture and a seminar.

Look out for the email with details of signing up for an Invitation to Art History day once your offer has arrived.

We're also very happy to arrange a special visit for you if you can't make it to the Invitation to Art History days, and discuss the course with you in person.

If you live overseas and can't get to Warwick we'd be happy to arrange a Skype call with one of our admissions team, just let us know and we'll set this up.

Art Historians in the News

The recent tragic event of the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris brought journalists to Warwick in the search for expert opinion on the likely outcome for the cathedral both as the fire raged and afterwards. Dr Jenny Alexander spent several days being interviewed live on radio and TV, and in print with newspapers as far away as India, Canada and the US reporting her views. An interview for TRT, an international news agency, can be seen here,

and if you'd like to see some background on the ways that cathedrals have recovered from fires in the past then try The Conversation here:

Making your choice

There are plenty of things to think about, and we're here to help. Any questions about the course or about Warwick? Can I do modules in other departments? Are trips to exhibitions, historic buildings and galleries included, and does the department cover the costs? Can you help with work experience while I'm a student? If I need a part-time job, is this OK, and can you help me find one? A quick email to and we'll get you the answers (actually 'yes', to all the ones above!).

Module Choices

You get to choose the modules that best suit your interests, together with studying Core Modules to give you the skills you need, and there's an increasing amount of choice as you progress through the three years of the course. For a look at the modules we're currently teaching click here, note that next year's may bit a different as we develop the course further.

When you get your results

If you get your grades and made Warwick your firm choice, congratulations and we're looking forward to seeing you in the autumn. Take a look at the next section for information for new students and for what you can do over the summer in preparation for starting the course.

If you made Warwick your firm choice, but missed your grades, don't panic. Our admissions team will look very carefully at every case in the days around the release of results, and see if we can help.

If Warwick was your insurance choice and you missed your grades for your firm choice then we'll look at your application very carefully and may be able to offer you a place. Do check your emails very carefully during this time as we may have to contact you directly to discuss your case.

If you enter Clearing, Warwick - depending on how many people applied to us this year - we may be looking for students in the Clearing process. In which case, get in touch with the Warwick Clearing Team hotline.

Students starting with us in September

Find out how to enrol, and about essential details of Warwick life at the Welcome to Warwick page.

Term starts on Monday 5th October 2020, and before that there's the special Welcome Week for first-year students that runs from Monday 28th September with events and course introductions


History of Art Society

When you arrive at Warwick, Join the History of Art Society.

The Society is run by students for students, organising trips to exhibitions and galleries, as well as events and socials on and off campus.

A great space to get to know fellow students, and help each other out.

Sign up for the Society here: History of Art Society

Reading List

If you want to start working 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)