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The Department of History of Art at York is an internationally recognised centre for study and research. Our courses offer a wide historical, geographical, and thematic breadth driven by world-class research expertise. They are tailored to help you realise your potential as a scholar and equip you with skills for a wide range of exciting careers. York is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK and a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

Undergraduate students

Academic requirements

You should have a background in History of Art or related subject area. Acceptance on all option modules requires you to have studied to an acceptable level of prior knowledge.

Undergraduate English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

Choosing your modules

Please see the list of modules below. This list is indicative of the type of module which may be available during your study period. Please note that not all modules are available to exchange and visiting students. You will be contacted by the department once your place is confirmed to discuss your module choices.

If you wish to study modules from more than one academic department please be aware that timetables may clash.

* Stage 1 lecture modules are only available to visiting students not on the Erasmus scheme. Erasmus students must choose from our intermediate seminar modules.

** Students choosing Museology & Curatorship and Writing Art Histories must be in York until Week 7 of the Summer Term in order to complete the assessment. Early departure cannot be accommodated


Postgraduate students

Academic requirements

You should hold an undergraduate degree in History of Art or a related subject.

Our courses will give you an idea of the modules we run:

Postgraduate English language requirements


IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components.


IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. 

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Teaching schedule

You can study in our department for the following periods only:-

  • Full academic year
  • Autumn Term only
  • Autumn/Spring (combined)
  • Spring Term only
  • Spring/Summer(combined) 

Examination and assessment

Assessment is either by examination during the Common Examination Periods in January (alternate assessments may be available, please contact the Department), and the Summer Term or by assignment submitted via the VLE.

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Dr Teresa Kitler
International Officer

Undergraduate modules

Contact us

Dr Teresa Kitler
International Officer