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History of Art
Do you have a passion for the history of art and a deep desire to develop your own expertise?
By studying History of Art at Oxford Brookes, you’ll be exploring issues in a collaborative and dynamic environment. Your studies will include museum visits, walk-arounds and special talks from visiting experts from the likes of:
- National Trust
- Modern Art Oxford
- The V&A
We are situated in the heart of a historic city, a mere stone’s throw from world-renowned museums and galleries.
A highlight of your study here will undoubtedly be your trip to Paris. This trip offers the opportunity to explore important art collections firsthand. You will experience major, influential works as well as more experimental pieces.
Your time with us will be exciting, stimulating and enriching. You’ll be amongst a close-knit and supportive department. You can expect to be taught by experts in their fields. And, our teaching staff will work with you to help you develop your own interests, specialising in:
- art theory
How to apply
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
We’ll give you a solid grounding in key concepts of the History of Art in your Year 1. Your studies will be focussed on art from the Renaissance to Modern-day art.
Your Year 2 will provide you with the opportunity to study wider thematic issues. You’ll be able to focus your studies on specific periods, choosing modules from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Additionally, the Curatorial Practice module will give you knowledge and direct experience of the theoretical and practical issues involved in curating displays and exhibitions. Year 2 also includes a fantastic study trip to Paris.
In Year 3, we offer you a range of advanced seminars. You'll be working in small groups, studying subjects in much greater depth. You'll also take the year-long History of Art Synoptic where you'll focus on a different controversy or issue in art history every week.
Independent study linked to a placement in a gallery or museum may be possible. Our exhibition space, the Glass Tank, offers two placements to History of Art students each year.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Recent graduates have gone into careers in:
- public museums, galleries and collections
- commercial art galleries
- auction houses
- events and projects organisation and management
- teaching and education (in both schools and museums)
You’ll attain an excellent suite of core skills (research, analytical thinking, critical judgment, communication skills) which are regarded as highly desirable by many employers.
In addition, you’ll develop high levels of visual literacy and attentiveness which can fit graduates well for careers in areas like interpretation and advertising.
The Curatorial Practice module provides training in specific skills for those interested in a career in a museum or gallery, whether commercial or publically funded.
Many of our students are inspired to undertake further study of art-historical subjects at MA or PhD level.
You can choose to stay with us to continue your studies. We offer a MA by Research, MPhil and PhD in Art History. Current doctoral research topics include 'Henry VII's use of Visual Culture', 'Landscape painting and exhibitions in England, 1760-1790', 'Modern Art for Middle America: American Abstraction in Postwar Mass Magazines' and 'Paintings and Photographs of Fisherfolk in West Cornwall, 1860-1910'.
"I really like the approach the History of Art Department takes to teaching. They want us to see works of art first-hand and the modules really take advantage of both the museums and galleries in the city of Oxford and of those around London"Read more about Victoria
"Everything is really comfortable and up to date at Oxford Brookes. The library is great. It’s huge and really keeps you in the zone"Read more about Lois
"I loved my degree so much that I’m doing a master’s. I can honestly say that the entire academic team at Oxford Brookes are absolutely fantastic"Read more about Perdy
"I got a great feeling as soon as I came to Oxford Brookes. I visited a lot of universities, but Oxford Brookes was my favourite"Read more about Pheobe
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