Why study History of Art at Warwick?
- Our wide-ranging courses emphasise scholarship, enquiry and creativity. Your degree is designed to allow you to select modules that suit your interests, with site visits an integral part of the course.
- Venice is at the heart of our History of Art and History of Art with Italian degrees. We are the only art history department in the UK to enable you to spend a full term studying in Venice. Our students and staff are based at the University’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
- We are second in the UK for the percentage of Art History research publications achieving the highest classification in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 46% of these publications assessed as ‘world leading’. The benefit of working alongside scholars of such international standing is that you have great opportunities to join one of the most dynamic and cutting-edge places to study the History of Art.
Dr Jenny Alexander
History of Art
History of Art Graduate
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
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 Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day. 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 History of 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, Europe or the United States, 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 studiobased 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 the second year, History of Art and History of Art with Italian you will spend the autumn term in Venice, where they 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.
Our History of Art and French students spend their entire third year studying or working abroad to develop further their French language skills and to explore important historical sites, monuments and works of art in the francophone world. There are also opportunities to study at our partner institutions, which currently include those in Berlin or Pisa, for a period of time.
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
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking
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, during 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 international students to have an interview by phone or by Skype.
Departmental Open Days Departmental Open 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?
First year core modules may include Introduction to Art History: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity; Introduction to Art History:Classicism and the Arts of Christianity; History of Art and Interpretation; History of Art Study Skills Module as well as optional History of Art Short Modules.
Second year core modules may include Venice, Rise and Myth: Art and Architecture in the Veneto (1100-1600); Exhibiting the Contemporary as well as optional long-view modules and short modules.
In your final year you may take the History of the History of Art core module, a dissertation and two optional History of Art Special Subject modules.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in History of Art lead to?
A History of Art degree provides vital training for careers across the art world and heritage sector, but our graduates also share the wide-ranging career prospects of other humanities graduates and have the additional advantage of being visually literate.
Several graduates have set up their own art-related businesses, while others have become business leaders, journalists, lawyers or literary agents. Some have pursued further study at postgraduate level. Some recent graduate careers Coventry Cathedral, Archivist; Aston Martin, Marketing Executive; BT Sport, Researcher; Tate Gallery, Marketing Intern; Victoria and Albert Museum, Theatre and Performance Intern.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of History of Art
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice
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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 you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.