History of Art aims to arrive at an historical understanding of the origins of artefacts within specific world cultures.

Average intake: 2

  • Our students take part in a world-class department which combines exposure to a very wide range of art works with the strengths of Oxford tutorial teaching.  The Department also offers a distinctive masters degree, possibilities for advanced postgraduate research degrees, and hosts visiting scholars.
  • Superb collections and resources at Oxford provide unique breadth and intellectual richness for our students, and include Modern Art Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, and the Museum of the History of Science.
  • St John's offers a uniquely rich environment for the study of the history of art.  The college has two exhibition spaces, the Barn and the Dolphin Gallery, in which exhibitions both by established artists and by college members are regularly held.  In addition, the college's artists-in-residence programme regularly hosts artists of international status who offer workshops and other events to members of the college. 
  • Tutorials are led by active researchers who are passionate about teaching and able to draw connections between the course and their current research in a range of fields.

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