3 years full-time
An integrated art and history degree offers a vital approach to understanding the forces that have shaped past societies and cultures, along with the artworks and artistic movements which those societies have produced.
This joint degree brings together two humanities disciplines to develop your skills of research, analysis and presentation, which will equip you for a wide variety of career paths.
History at York has been ranked 2nd in the UK for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
Students normally take 50 per cent of their modules in both the Art and History departments. This may vary slightly if you take an elective module in another department.
We designed this year of the art history degree for you to ground your knowledge in history. Modules also provide an arching background to help you think about art in historical contexts.
History of Art 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:
This year prepares you to use the tools for your final dissertation. You'll also get the chance look behind the scenes of a museum and learn the art of curatorship.
History of Art modules
Your final year will be all about preparing your final dissertation, which bridges the two subjects you've studied here. You'll also take part in understanding the latest research in both fields.
You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term.
QS ranks our history department one of the best in the world. See for yourself.
At every stage of an art history degree, we're committed to research-led teaching. We emphasise engagement over memorising facts. That's why we include seminars, discussion groups, specialist workshops and field trips with our curriculum.
Essays for assessment vary in length between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Students also independently research and write a dissertation on a topic as part of their Finals assessment.
This degree equips you for the long term. Aside from transferable skills many learn here at York, roughly 90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study.
All applications must be made through UCAS. We look for intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.
We usually interview only mature candidates, and candidates with special circumstances and/or qualifications.
AAB, including A in either History or Classical Civilisation
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including D3 in History
Access to HE
35 points, with a Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in History
80 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units
Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English