|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Art, architecture and other forms of visual culture all tell stories. But just what kind of stories depends on the approach you take in understanding them.
At Essex, you will acquire a broad foundation in the history of visual culture: both by learning about canonical forms of art and architecture and by discovering what has been overlooked or marginalised, such as medical photography, tattoos or objects from political protests. You will also develop the skills you need to make exciting new connections between the forms of visual culture you study, developments in other disciplines, and broader social and political forces.
To study on our course, you don’t need an Art History A-Level. In fact, we believe that the best art historians are those who bring fresh eyes and new perspectives to their objects of inquiry.
You will develop the skills you need to transform your excitement about art, architecture and visual culture into the ability to uncover new insights about the material you study. You will also develop a solid grounding in the history of art and other forms of visual culture, including the ideas and forces that shaped their production, distribution and reception.
For students with a particular interest in pursuing careers in curating and museumship, we also provide modules every year that explore the histories, theories and practices of museums, exhibitions and galleries, as well as more nuts-and-bolts issues, such as installing and marketing artwork.
One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive. Our Art History programme is ranked 6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and you will be taught by our expert staff in your very first year, a rarity in UK art -history courses.
Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
Art, Sex and Death
Space, Place and Locality
The Enlightenment (optional)
Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas – Critique and Historiography in the History of Art
The World in Question: the Social, Political and Psychological Legacies of the Enlightenment (optional)
Picturing the City I (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
Art and Power (optional)
Study Trip Abroad (Year 2) (optional)
Art & Ideas III
Dissertation – Final Year Art History and Theory (optional)
Art, the Law and the Market (optional)
Visualising Bodies (optional)
Picturing the City II (optional)
Photography in History (optional)
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
Some of the sectors with jobs well suited for our graduates include: museums and galleries, auction houses, education (e.g., in schools, universities and cultural institutions), marketing and advertising, and new media. Our degree also prepares students to run their own galleries, to work as specialist arts lawyers and PR agents, and for positions in charities, fashion and publishing.
To help our students acquire the particular skills they need to gain employment in the museum and gallery sector—arguably the single-most important area in which our students seek jobs—we offer several modules every year dedicated to the histories, theories and practices of museums, exhibitions and galleries. We also give our students the opportunity to think creatively and proactively about life after university in our curatorial employability module.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
National Portrait Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum
Sotheby’s New York
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.