Studying Art History at Warwick
Our main degree is a single honours BA in History of Art, which allows you to explore many aspects of the Art History in depth over three years. We also offer a joint honours degree: the BA in History of Art with Italian.
We offer our students constant advice and encouragement through personal tutoring, careers meetings, and information about internships and temporary jobs in auction houses, museums, private galleries, and many other fields. The number of our contact hours is among the highest in the UK.
Our first year
Becoming acquainted with the main currents of Art History from the middle ages through contemporary art, and choosing options within those periods, you will also improve your writing and oral skills in Art History. At the same time, working with Waddesdon Manor will allow you to experience first-hand the paintings and decorative arts, and we use the University Art Collection for teaching. There are accompanied free Study Trips to museums and galleries in London and Birmingham, as well as visits to historic buildings in Coventry and Warwick.
Our second year: Venice
The Autumn term is spent in Venice, where staff from Warwick teach primarily on-site in the city. Topics may include the art and architecture in northern Italy from 1200-1600, and Venice as inspiration for the period from the 18th century to the present day (such as the Venice Biennale). Returning to Warwick you will develop your visual and analytical skills through choosing one Long Option and two Short Options in Art History. One Long Option is in Practical Art where you can enhance your artistic skills in our Studio, newly equipped for Print Making. The expertise of the members of our staff will allow you to discover more specific areas in Art History: Castles to Country Houses, Dutch art of the Golden Age, Modernism, the global Baroque, Victorian sculpture, and many others.
Our third year
Spent at Warwick, the third year moves towards specialisation and you choose two Special Subjects and a core module. The Special Subjects are Research-led modules that draw on the special expertise of our staff. Examples include Colonial Art from the 18th century to the present, or Colour as it influences our ways of seeing. For people fascinated by buildings, they can discover how they were built in Deconstructing Buildings. Study trips form an integral part of the modules. Our core module, the Practices of Art History, focuses on fundamental methods used in art historical research. Your final year Dissertation (which you start in the second year) enables you to research a topic of your choice under guidance. At the end of your third year, you will be perfectly equipped for your future career, whatever the field.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Department regards diversity and equality as highly desirable, and completely abhors discrimination of any kind. These values are rigorously implemented in curriculum review, staff development, and the recruitment of colleagues and students alike. We strongly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, particularly from those with disabilities, people from ethnic minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds, women, and members of LBGTQUA+ communities.
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Please contact us to arrange a visit:
History of Art Department
University of Warwick
+44 (0)24 7652 3005
Dr Jenny Alexander (jennifer dot s dot alexander at warwick dot ac dot uk)