History of Art

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History of Art at Cambridge

Our course covers a wide spectrum of art and architecture, from the medieval to modern periods. The aim is to foster a wide and deep understanding of art and architecture, and to help you develop visual literacy and awareness, as well as a range of critical and analytical skills.

A treasury of resources

There's no substitute for looking at the real objects and we take full advantage of Cambridge's outstanding resources, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and its picture conservation department, Kettle's Yard and the Colleges' art collections.

The Department's comprehensive library houses a rich collection of books, and you have access to the University Libr…

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Overview

History of Art at Cambridge

Our course covers a wide spectrum of art and architecture, from the medieval to modern periods. The aim is to foster a wide and deep understanding of art and architecture, and to help you develop visual literacy and awareness, as well as a range of critical and analytical skills.

A treasury of resources

There's no substitute for looking at the real objects and we take full advantage of Cambridge's outstanding resources, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and its picture conservation department, Kettle's Yard and the Colleges' art collections.

The Department's comprehensive library houses a rich collection of books, and you have access to the University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum's reference library (among others) as well. During vacations, travel is encouraged and College financial support is usually available; we also organise study outings.

Preparation

We advise that you visit museums, exhibitions and buildings such as churches or country houses and take descriptive notes or sketches of what you see. Try to analyse the effect works of art or architecture have on you.

Recommended reading

If you're thinking of applying to study History of Art, you may like to read the following books:

  • E H Gombrich The Story of Art
  • H Honour and J Fleming A World History of Art
  • D Watkin A History of Western Architecture

Some familiarity with classical mythology and the Bible is invaluable for the study of the meaning of works of art. The admissions area of the Department website suggests other preparatory reading.

Changing course

Students may join History of Art from other Cambridge courses after Part I in another subject. It's possible to study one or two years of History of Art, either before or after another subject such as Theology and Religious Studies, English, Classics or Philosophy.

After Cambridge

Our graduates are well equipped for employment in museums and art galleries, agencies for the care and conservation of monuments and heritage management, fine art dealing, publishing, advertising and the visual media, as well as for teaching.

Our prominent graduates include the artists Antony Gormley and Marc Quinn; the model and actress Lily Cole; Dr Philip Rylands, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice; Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy in London; Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery; and the Hon. James Stourton, Chairman of Sotheby's UK.

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