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We are a dynamic, international department achieving high academic standards in the study of visuality.
Take a look at our unique BA in History of Art and our BA in History of Art with Italian, both of which feature a full term studying in Venice.

Our vibrant and stimulating postgraduate environment offers an MA in History of Art and research degrees at MA and PhD level.

History of Art in Venice

We are the only UK university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture. The Venice programme has been established for 40 years, and the University of Warwick has a permanent teaching and research base in Venice at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.


The History of Art Department was ranked fourth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the department. With expertise spanning the medieval to the contemporary, our teaching and research supervision is significantly influenced by the research success of our academic staff.

Waddesdon Manor

Exterior of Waddesdon Manor and garden

Our unique collaboration with Waddesdon Manor provides students with the opportunity to get up close and personal with items from their extensive collection. First year students learn how to look, how to interpret what they see and gain an understanding of the relationship between art and its historical and physical contexts.

Student blogs

You can specialise in contemporary art, or spend the autumn term resident in Venice. I was attracted to Warwick as the department offered a wide range of modules.
Jonathan Horrocks, graduated summer 2012. Employed by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Haunch of Venison Gallery.