|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|V350||AAB-ABB (See full entry requirements)||3 years full-time|
Many students who apply to study History of Art have not studied it before. We don't require you to have any practical art skills, just a keen attention to the visual world and a strong interest in art and architecture.
We write about art objects and architecture from different perspectives, considering:
Questions like these allow you to think critically, write confidently, and look at the world in new and exciting ways!
Whether it is the startling self-portraits of Rembrandt or Grayson Perry's pots that sparked your interest in art and its history, at York you can follow your own interests as well as develop new ones.
The first year (Stage 1) will give you a thorough grounding in History of Art, and is taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and field trips. You can also choose to study a language if you wish.
In the second year (Stage 2), you take the Museology & Curatorship module which includes sessions with curators and museum educators in local institutions. You also choose four seminar modules, taught by our staff in seminar groups of no more than fifteen students.
Hepworth Gallery visit with Prof Michael White
Building on Stage 1 and Stage 2, in your third year (Stage 3) you choose two more special subject modules, each taught by one of the world’s leading experts in that particular field.
Amsterdam with Dr Cordula van Whye
At the end of the degree you write an 8,000 word dissertation on a topic that really interests you, supervised by an expert member of staff. Our Dissertation Training module prepares you to carry out this independent research project.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
Our internationally-renowned academics will challenge you to think critically about objects, places and ideas, and the scholarship they’ve inspired. Some recent exhibitions include:
Turner & the Sea:
|Mondrian & his Studios
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting The National Gallery
Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance
The National Gallery, London
Curators in Conversation
We believe that you learn best in an interactive and stimulating environment, where you can discuss ideas with experts and fellow students and develop your capacity for critical thought. This gives you the best preparation for your future career, where it’s unlikely that someone will just be giving you facts.
You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, field trips, essay tutorials and online activities, receiving regular feedback on exams and essays through one-to-one tutorials where we will give you verbal and written advice on your work.
"I have immensely enjoyed my History of Art degree. What I have loved most is the chances that I had to further develop and explore my interests. The tutors and staff have been beyond amazing, and I cannot thank them enough for making my time at York fantastic!" Harriet, BA History of Art
At York we believe that knowledge of a foreign language can enhance your studies in History of Art and equip you for future exploration and employment. We offer exceptional opportunities for foreign language study. All History of Art students can choose to include study of a foreign language in their degree.
"I definitely found the Italian module useful as I could use it when I did research for some of my modules and my dissertation. Learning a language is a great idea!" Hannah, BA History of Art
At first glance our contact hours might seem much lower than what you’re used to at school or college. University is a very different learning environment. To make the most of your classes, you will need time to prepare by reading, taking notes and looking at works of art and architecture. You will spend a lot of your week making use of the University's superb library and special access to online resources.
Each full-time member of staff also holds office hours every week in term time, so there is always someone there to support you.
We balance types of assessment to develop and test your different strengths. Our assessments include:
Our teaching is designed to prepare you for the assessment. You will also have individual tutorials to help you revise and ask any question you might have.
We give you feedback on all the work that you do in a variety of ways. You will receive written feedback from the examiner on your examined work. You can also discuss this with your supervisor. During term, you will also write essays and give presentations. Your course tutor will give you written and verbal feedback to help you improve and develop.
We can make appropriate adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities. See the University's disability support pages for further details.
A History of Art degree opens up a whole world of opportunities to you. You might be surprised by the range of careers our students have gone in to.
We have former students who are curators, art educators, journalists, aucitioneers and valuers. We also have students who work in law, public administration, social work and education.
You can read about the careers our graduates have gone into on our alumni profile pages or on the Careers Service graduate profiles pages.
At York, you can get an insight into the professional art world through modules on Art Law, Art and Money and Museology and Curatorship. These courses often include visits from leading art world professionals who will tell you about their work.
Our internationally-renowned partners bring leading curators to campus and our local museums often provide work experience opportunities.
"I worked on the Tate's Artist Rooms display of Bruce Nauman's work at York St Mary's with other History of Art students in my year. Curators from the gallery met with us and gave us free rein to produce the exhibition leaflet for the show."
Most of our graduates have graduate-level jobs or are in postgraduate study within six months of graduation. Those in non-graduate employment are typically working as museum/heritage guides to build networks and gain relevant experience.
The Department has a dedicated Careers contact, Dr Chad Elias. Chad works closely with the University's Careers Service to offer a range of tailored events and services to help you develop professional skills and plan for your future.
With a BA in History of Art from the University of York, you will graduate with an excellent humanities degree from a world-renowned Department at a world-leading university. In a globally competitive jobs market, this kind of experience can help you stand out from other arts and humanities graduates.
All applications for our undergraduate courses must be completed through UCAS.
In your personal statement we're particularly interested to know why you want to study History of Art. Tell us about any galleries, exhibitions, buildings or cities you've been to and particularly liked.
We don't expect you to have travelled the world - tell us about a local museum or gallery. We're interested in what you have to say, rather than where you have been to. Has a particular book or TV programme inspired you? Remember to keep it honest and personal – you’re not expected to love everything equally, so try to examine and then explain your own motivations for applying for the course.
Lower offers may be made following assessment of all aspects of a candidate's UCAS application including past academic performance, predicted grades, reference and personal statement which demonstrates a clear enthusiasm for and commitment to History of Art through independent study, visits or involvement with arts organisations.
For joint honours programmes you must get the equivalent of AAB at A level, with an A in History or English as appropriate. See the English or History pages for further details. Lower offers may be made following assessment of all aspects of a candidate's UCAS application.
In the History of Art Department at York we want encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.
We accept Access to Higher Education certificates as qualifications for entry, which are becoming a common way for non-traditional students to gain the skills necessary to undertake a university degree. Please contact us for further information about appropriate access courses and our requirements.
The University of York also runs an Access Scheme for students who have faced social, personal, or educational challenges that may have hindered their ability to access higher education. To find out more about the scheme and whether you are eligible, and for instructions on how to apply, see the York Access Scheme website. You will need to let the University know about your situation before you make your application to York so they can take it into account.
AAB-ABB (General Studies grades are acceptable)
BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM-DDD
Grade of 75%-80% or higher
Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2 - D3, M2, M2
Access to Higher Education: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 15 awarded Merit or higher. Distinctions will be expected in History-related units - Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 15 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 15 awarded Merit or higher.
Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students. History of Art is a popular degree for people coming back to education, and if you have an interest in the course, we encourage you to get in touch with us to talk about your experience and qualifications.
Contact our Head of Admissions, Prof Jason Edwards, if you have any questions. Jason is always happy to talk to potential applicants about History of Art:
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