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Information for History of Art Offer Holders

Will you be studying art history at Warwick? Here you'll find updates about the department, events and activities, plus quick links to essential information about your course.

All About Art live chats

Have you discovered our All About Art live chats yet?

We have an online discussion every Tuesday at 5pm to talk about meanings, interpretations and the stories behind all different kinds of works of 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
  • London: The Great Metropolis

Join us to try it, you'll be very welcome. Find out more on the All About Art live chat page.

Start your own project

Keen to get started? If you'd like to get thinking about art history before you arrive, why not curate your very own virtual exhibition?

Explore the brilliant online resource Art UK which hosts artworks from 3,200 venues across the country.

Sign in to join the community and build your own exhibition under the Discover: Curation section.

We'd like you to select no more than 10 works of art on either of the following themes:

  • The Artist and the Sea
  • Animals and People

Choose your works, put it all together and then write no more than 300 words about how you made your choices.

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


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

Prepare for art history at Warwick

There is plenty to think about once you have an offer. Use the links below to find out more about the course, the department and how you can prepare for studying art history at Warwick.

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When you get your offer

Congratulations! We were really impressed by your application and were very happy to make you an offer.

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

Invitation to Art History days

We invite all students with an offer to a special series of Invitation to Art History days to get to know staff, students and to get a feel for what it's like to study here.

These are usually held in November, January, February and March. Come along and you will:

  • Hear from staff and students about what makes our course, and Warwick, so special
  • Explore the department and campus
  • Chat with us over an informal lunch
  • Enjoy a presentation about the subjects we study, a mini-lecture and a seminar

Look out for the sign-up email for the next Invitation to Art History day once your offer has arrived.

If you can't make it...

We're very happy to arrange a special visit for you and discuss the course with you in person.

If you live overseas and can't get to Warwick, we can arrange a video call with one of our Admissions team. Just let us know (jennifer dot s dot alexander at warwick dot ac dot uk) and we'll set something up.

Making your choice

There are plenty of things to think about, and we're here to help. You may have questions about the course or about Warwick in general. Common questions include:

  • 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?

Drop an email to and we'll get you the answers you need (and actually, it's a 'yes' to all the ones above!)

Choosing your modules

One of many benefits of studying art history at Warwick is that you choose the modules that best suit your interests, alongside the core modules that give you the skills you need.

There's an increasing amount of choice as you progress through the three years of the course. Take a look at the BA History of Art modules page to see what we're currently teaching.

Please note that next year's course may be a little different as we develop the course further.

When you get your results

If you get the grades you want and made Warwick your firm choice, congratulations! We'll look forward to seeing you in the autumn. Keep checking this page for ideas and activities to 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 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.

History of Art reading list

Keen to get started? Here are some suggested books to read over the summer.

  • 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)

Useful information

History of Art news

Senior tutor Dr Jenny Alexander spoke to The Observer recently about the discovery of a stonemason's 'selfie' portrait.

The article went viral and has been published around the world.

Read A selfie set in stone: Hidden portrait by cheeky mason found in Spain 900 years on to find out what interesting discoveries Warwick academics can make on research trips.

History of Art Society

When you arrive at Warwick, make sure you join the History of Art Society.

It is run by students for students, and members organise gallery and exhibition trips, events and socials on- and off-campus.

Find out more on the History of Art Society page.

Starting with us soon?

You will find all the essential information you need before you arrive at the Welcome to Warwick page.

Find out how to enrol, all about accommodation, useful checklists and guidance before you arrive.

There is also a special Welcome Week before term begins for first-year students, which includes events and course introductions.