Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: History of Art

Why choose History of Art at the University of Edinburgh?

  • You will work alongside leading academics, many of whom are involved in curating at major international art institutions.

  • Our range of teaching specialisms is one of the broadest in the UK and covers everything from Celtic and early Islamic art, to contemporary art, and the global art market. We have specialisms in medieval and Renaissance, early modern, and both 19th and 20th century art and architecture. We teach Chinese, Japanese and Indian art, and have broad and up-to-date coverage of contemporary art theories and politics.

  • In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to apply for work experience in one of the city's collections, and gain behind-the-scenes access to Edinburgh's renowned art galleries and museums. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad..

  • The University’s own Talbot Rice Gallery exhibits work by leading contemporary artists alongside important historical collections.

  • You will be given behind-the-scenes access to Edinburgh’s renowned art galleries and museums and could take up work experience in one of the city’s collections.

  • At ECA, history of art works alongside academics and researchers who are actively involved in all areas of studio practice – making art, design of all kinds, and constructing buildings.

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My programme is equipping me with broad knowledge of my fields of study but also instilling the specific critical attitude necessary to follow a path into gallery curation, journalism or academia.

Tabby Carless-Frost 3rd year MA (Hons) History of Art & English Literature
Tabby Carless-Frost 3rd year MA (Hons) History of Art & English Literature


Introducing History of Art

History of art will introduce you to art from different periods and world cultures. You will learn how, and for whom, works of art were made, as well as situating artworks within visual and material culture more broadly.

You will explore the meanings of works of art and visual culture and the ways they continue to be interpreted. In Years 3 and 4 you will have the opportunity to specialise in particular aspects of the field, and develop independent research projects and a dissertation. In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to study abroad.

Our aim is to produce graduates who have an informed and nuanced understanding of artistic practice and visual and material culture at different historical periods, who also possess an extensive and well-based knowledge and understanding of art history and its methods of study.

Many of our academic staff curate, or exhibit in, major international art exhibitions. You will also have access to Edinburgh's renowned art galleries and museums.