What will I learn?
This course enables you to explore art history from many perspectives and includes a term studying in Venice. You will study a rich and varied range of primarily western art from the Middle Ages to the
Regular visits to galleries, museums and architectural sites are an integral part of the
course, allowing you to observe works of art in situ, and many modules are based on collections, such as those at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire or in Warwick Arts Centre’s Mead Gallery. Small class sizes ensure close supervision by dedicated, research-active academic staff, and flexible
module pathways enable you to tailor your course to match your own interests. Throughout the course you will develop the ability to research and analyse text and images from different viewpoints, and to
present and discuss your ideas with confidence.
Your first year includes introductory core modules, which provide an overview of Western Art and the ways in which it is studied today. You can also choose optional modules on topics such as landscape
painting, portraiture, sacred art, sculpture, print media, or architecture and cities. You will spend the first term of your second year in Venice, before returning to Warwick to focus on specialised subjects including an optional practical art module. In your third year you will study research-based special subject modules, a core module on the issues in art history and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will have the option of spending an extra year abroad, in Australia or Europe, adding a year to the duration of your course.
How will I be taught?
Modules are taught either through weekly lectures combined with seminars, or through small-group seminars alone. The fundamental importance of the direct experience of works of art is emphasised at every stage of your degree. Seminars in galleries and museums, or site visits to key monuments and buildings, are integrated into modules. You can also study a studio-based Practical Art module in your second year.
You will have on average 10 hours of contact time (including lectures, seminars, field trips and tutorials) and around 27 hours of independent study per week. We provide written feedback on essays with the option of tutorials to discuss them further, and one-to-one tutorials during the preparation of your dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
We use a variety of assessment methods throughout your degree programme, including assessed essays, examinations, a research-based dissertation and (for the Practical Art and the exhibition-based modules) a portfolio of work responding to a specific practical task. The final two years of study contribute 50% each to your final degree classification.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
In your second year, you will spend the autumn term in Venice, where you’ll study the city's art and culture at first hand with our team of Renaissance and Contemporary specialists. You will be based at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which provides a focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.
You have the opportunity to study abroad for a year with one of our partner institutions, or with the University of Monash. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level ABB
International Baccalaureate 34 points
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
We welcome applicants with nonstandard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews: We like to interview candidates before making an offer. Interviews will usually take place during the Departmental Invitation to Art History Day, at which applicants will meet with staff and current students and have the chance to find out more about our courses. Separate arrangements will
be made for students unable to travel to Warwick to have an interview by phone or by Skype.
Open Days: Invitation to Art History Days are run in addition to the University Open Days and provide
opportunities for prospective students to visit the department. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
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 House will allow you to experience first-hand the paintings and decorative arts, and our study of the collections of the Mead Gallery will enable you to explore and interact with contemporary works of art. 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 in our own centre, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. Topics such as art and architecture in northern Italy from 1200-1600, and Venice as inspiration for the period from the 18th century to the present day are explored in depth in the city that produced them. Returning to Warwick you will develop your visual and analytical skills through choosing one Long Option and two Short Options in Art History. One Short 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. These are Research-derived modules that draw on the special expertise of our staff and take knowledge to new levels. Explore Colonial Art from the 18th century to the present, or discover the ways in which Colour influences our ways of seeing. For people fascinated by buildings, discover how they were built in Deconstructing Buildings, and there are others. Further accompanied free study trips are part of the modules, as in the first year. Our core module on the issues in art history will reveal its diverse approaches as well as fundamental theoretical questions involved in art historical research. All of this culminates in your Dissertation on a topic of your choice, which you start in the second year. At the end of your third year, you will be perfectly equipped for your future career, whatever the field.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including; Aston Martin, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Christie's, BAFTA.
Examples of our graduates' job roles include: Archivist, Researcher, Marketing Executive, Gallery Manager, Exhibitions, Engagement Officer.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
3 years full time
Department of History of Art
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding.
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.