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Overview Combining artistic movements with the movement of time

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)


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 in 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

Course content What you’ll study


Students normally divide their modules equally between the History and History of Art departments. This may vary slightly if you take an elective module in another department.

Year 1

This year of the degree is designed to help you ground your historical knowledge. Your modules will also provide you with a broad background to help you think about art in historical contexts.

History modules

History of Art modules

Academic integrity module

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:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

This year will help you to develop the tools you will need to use in your final dissertation. You'll also get the chance look behind the scenes of a museum and learn the art of curatorship.

History modules

History of Art modules

Year 3

Your final year will be all about preparing your final dissertation, which bridges the two subjects you will have studied. You'll also be introduced to the latest research in both fields.

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad during your second year, either for the whole year or just a term.

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Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

At every stage of your 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 in our curriculum.

  • In seminars and the weekly discussion groups that accompany lectures, tutors work closely with groups of 10-16 students.
  • All History modules use online materials in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


Your essays for assessment will vary in length between 1,500 and 5,000 words. You will also independently research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice as part of your final assessment.

  • Your first year assessments won't count towards your final degree.
  • Before formal assessment in many modules, you'll write a procedural or practice essay. You will receive extensive written feedback on this essay, which will help you in your formal assessment.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

This degree equips you for the long term. You will learn valuable transferable skills and roughly 90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study.

Career opportunities

  • Museum curatorship
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Diplomacy and government
  • Media
  • Arts administration
  • Teaching

Transferable skills

  • Communications skills
  • Responsiveness to opportunity
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. We look for intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.

We usually only interview mature candidates and candidates with special circumstances and/or qualifications.

A-levels and GCSEs

AAB, including A in either History or Classical Civilisation

  • We don't accept A levels in General Studies.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAB at Higher Level
  • AB at Advanced Higher Level, including an A in History

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

Cambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including D3 in History

Access to HE

  • 60 credits overall
  • 45 credits at level 3
    • Of these, 30 should be at Distinction level and 9 at Merit level or higher.

International options

International Baccalaureate
35 points, with a Grade 6 in History at Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in History

European Baccalaureate
80 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History

English language

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)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C

Unistats for this course

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