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History of Art, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #7 (QS) ,
The History of Art programme offered by the University of Cambridge covers a wide spectrum of art and architecture, from the medieval to modern and contemporary periods. 


The aim of the History of Art programme offered by the University of Cambridge is to foster a wide and deep understanding of art and architecture and to help you develop visual literacy and awareness, as well as a range of critical and analytical skills.

A treasury of resources

There’s no substitute for looking at the real objects and we take full advantage of Cambridge’s outstanding resources, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and its picture conservation department, Kettle’s Yard and the Colleges’ art collections.

The Department’s comprehensive library houses a rich collection of books, and you have access to the University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum’s reference library (among others) as well. During vacations, students may wish to travel to see works of art and architecture, although this is not required. Any core departmental trips - for example, to museums and galleries - which form part of the course, are funded by the Department.


The graduates are well-equipped for employment in museums and art galleries, agencies for the care and conservation of monuments and heritage management, fine art dealing, publishing, advertising, and the visual media, as well as for teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Objects of Art History 
  • The Making of Art 
  • The Meaning of Architecture and Art 
  • The short dissertation on a work of art or architecture in or around Cambridge
  • English Renaissance art and architecture, 
  • Art and architecture in medieval Italy, 
  • British Architecture, 
  • Russian painting,

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment
  • Candidates academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations
  • Examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19197 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19197 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
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