AAB/ABB (full entry requirements)
3 years full-time
This new degree builds on our reputation as one of the UK's leading Art History departments. You'll study the History of Art which will be invaluable as you also develop skills in curating galleries and art museums. You will also be able to take part in field trips to see exhibitions and art objects.
As part of the course you'll have the chance to plan your own exhibitions: both in a group project and in placement with an arts institution that you'll undertake during your second year. Both these experiences give you the opportunity to experience a working environment directly related to your studies.
Our confirmed placement partners:
For more on the department's diverse partnerships with organisations including Tate, the V&A, the National Gallery, York Museums Trust, the National Railway Museum, the Bowes Museum, the Hepworth Wakefield, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, see our Collaborative Research in Art History wesbite.
Taught by curators
You'll be taught by dedicated staff, including curators, artists and academics. Some of our curators and their recent exhibitions include:
You'll study a wide range of modules that cover the fundamentals of art history and develop a range of approaches to curating an art museum or gallery. You'll also get to plan an exhibition as part of a group project and take a placement with an art institution.
Many of the modules you can choose from will have associated field trips to allow you to visit the art and architecture. These field trips will range from local, to national and occasionally international. We cover the cost of any major air/sea/rail travel and accommodation, although you'll be expected to pay for any local transportation, food and entrance costs.
In your first year you'll study a range of modules that will develop your skills in art history and cover a range of approaches to curating art museums. You can also choose to study a language module, several of which are specifically designed for art historians.
You'll study these modules:
You'll also have a choice from one of the following modules:
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:
In your second year you'll be able to choose from modules across a wide historical range. the emphasis will be on learning to think about exhibitions and displays. You'll also take part in a group project to plan an exhibition.
You'll take two core modules that develop your curatorial and exhibition skills and knowledge:
You'll also choose four seminar modules that allow you to study certain time-periods or types of art in more detail. There will be restrictions on which modules you can choose, to ensure you study a sufficient amount of curatorial material. Modules change to reflect the latest research and developments but will include a range of interesting subjects from the medieval to the contemporary. Current module list.
In your third year you'll work on your 7,000-8,000-word dissertation. This will give you a chance to explore an interesting topic in significant detail, and must have a significant curatorial aspect.
You'll also choose two modules that allow you to study a time period or type of art in significant detail. There will be restrictions on which modules you can choose, to ensure you study a sufficient amount of curatorial material. Modules change to reflect the latest research and developments. Current module list.
Some modules include study trips abroad during term time which will be subsidised by the department. You can also choose to spend your summer at a study centre or summer school abroad.
Our department is one of the best departments in the UK for the study of Art History. In the recent Research Excellence Framework we were ranked third for research performance against other History of Art Departments and second for the impact of our research.
You'll be taught by art historians that are writing some of the texts you'll read, as well as curating some of the exhibitions you'll see.
In your first year you'll attend lectures and workshops. As the degree progresses you'll find you spend more time in seminars where you, as small group of other students and a tutor will discuss a topic for which you've done preliminary research and preparation. As your studies progress you may be asked to give presentations or lead the discussions in seminars. From your second year all modules include seminars with no more than 15 students in a group.
We use a number of different assessment formats:
We'll also ask you to write procedural essays and we'll give you feedback. You'll also be assessed on your performance in seminars.
The Norman Rea Gallery is run entirely by students. Situated above The Courtyard, the gallery hosts exciting exhibitions throughout the year and promotes the work of both student and professional artists.
The University of York Art Collection contains a wide variety of works, from ancient to contemporary, across a diverse array of materials, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, book art, photography, and textiles. The collection includes key work by internationally significant artists including Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein, Paul Nash and Sydney Nolan, R.B. Kitaj and Elizabeth Blackadder. The collection is available for innovative curatorial displays and exhibitions on and beyond campus.
You'll develop skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers, but particularly suitable for careers in cultural roles such as gallery/museum curator, the art market, conservation and journalism.
Recent graduates from the department have gone on to roles that include:
They've worked for a range of organisations including:
As well as gaining skills applicable to art history and curatorships you'll also develop skills that can be used across academic disciplines and throughout your career:
Applications must be made through UCAS. We currently make our selection based on your UCAS form. However if you have been away from study for some time you may be invited to interview.
If you receive an offer we'll invite you to one of our visit days which gives you a chance to experience our teaching style and to meet staff and students here. You'll also be able to explore the facilities of both our department and the wider University.
You do not need an A level in History of Art.
General Studies is accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma
• D3, D3, M2 - D3, M2, M2
• Grade of 75%-80% or higher
• 35/34 points
Irish leaving certificate
• AABBBB-AAAABB or H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 - H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
IELTS: 6.5, with at least 5.5 in all units
Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components