History of Art

History of Art

History of Art

History of Art at the University of Oxford has a long and rich legacy of learning.  The department of the History of Art is an intimate and close-knit community that forms the ideal setting for studying art.  The BA degree is centrally organized (which means that teaching takes place in the department rather than the college) and is designed to introduce you to a wide variety of historical and theoretical aspects of art and visual culture in a global perspective.  The course combines the strengths of the unique tutorial system of teaching in small groups of two or three with high-level exposure to art works from Antiquity to the present day. 

The city of Oxford offers an extraordinary cluster of museums and institutions including the Ashmolean—the oldest museum of Europe—the Pitt Rivers that holds one of the finest collections of anthropological objects and Modern Art Oxford, the contemporary art gallery. We are devoted to a hands-on approach and for that reason many tutorials take place in front of works of art in museums. You will develop your skills visual analysis and critical thought and explore visual culture and its multilayered histories independently through weekly essays you write.  In addition to tutorials, the three-year course comprises of lectures given by leading experts in the field, intensive seminars, trips to historical sites, and handling sessions.  More information about the course can be found at: http://www.hoa.ox.ac.uk.

St Peter’s College takes three students per year in History of Art that makes a total of nine.  For studying art history, St Peter’s is perfectly located as the department is a stone’s throw away from the college, while the Ashmolean Museum and Modern Art Oxford are just around the corner.  Art is thriving at Peter’s. Each year the student art representative (‘arts rep’) organizes Arts Week that offers an exciting and lively series of events that usually includes drawing classes, artists’ talks, gigs and ballroom dancing.  The college also boosts a student-run art magazine, MISC, and is very fortunate that it can support student initiatives in art, music, drama, film etc. through its very own Arts Fund made up of general donations by alumni.

Last April, History of Art students joined students in English on a reading week trip to Tuscany, where we spent a week in a converted old farm house on a magnificent estate just east of Volterra.  From there, we went on several trips to historical sites such as the Uffizi museum and the Santa Maria Novella in Florence and the Palazzo Pubblico and the Duomo in Siena.

Course entrance requirements