York is an incredible place to study the history of art! Aside from the course, there are so many opportunities – like hundreds of societies to join. York is unique in that it offers a large range of modules to choose from. This allows you to specialise and really focus on what interests you. More than this, the Department prioritises our career development – an unfortunately common stressor in the art world!
On the course
For the best things to look forward to, we start with the course modules – which can range from Islamic Architecture in Medieval Anatolia, to Art in the USA – and the field trips. From 1st Year, you’re sent on as many trips as possible; you can’t beat viewing art in person. These range from local trips around Yorkshire, to your 3rd-Year trip, where you go to places like Istanbul or Paris.
History of Art staff
While we have a large number of staff in History of Art, it’s still small enough that you can really benefit from getting to know your lecturers. The staff are so friendly, and love to involve themselves with any projects you may be running while you’re studying.
The course benefits from art-based societies like the Norman Rea Gallery (the student-run gallery on campus), Art History Society (for art-based trips and socials) and Art Society! This is a great way to develop your interests outside the course and meet people with similar passions. This could involve developing curatorial skills in the gallery, or life drawing.
Studying here allows you to make your engagement with History of Art as personal as you’d like, with incredible opportunities to travel and develop outside your course.