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Department of History of Art

Dynamic teaching and expertise in the visual arts, architecture and art theory.

A student looking at art in the Spring Lane Building

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Our courses in history of art offer an unusually rich array of module choices and specialisations. These cover many historical periods, geographical locations and art historical debates.

This means you'll be set up to succeed across a diverse range of careers.

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We provide theoretically-informed object analysis across a distinctive range of periods and places, from Mesopotamian to modern.

As one of the largest art history departments in the UK, our vibrant community of postgraduate research students energises our research environment.

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At York, you’ll be welcomed by our large and dynamic community of art historians and curators. Teaching in History of Art is supported by world-class research, small group teaching, regular study trips, and spectacular historic locations.

Professor Liz Prettejohn, Head of Department



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