B.A. On Campus

Art and History of Art

University of Reading

48 months
20300 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Art and History of Art degree offered at the University of Reading is one that complement one another perfectly. Whilst developing your practical knowledge and skills at one of the UK's top ten Art departments, you can explore the theories and ideas behind different periods and styles of art.


At the University of Reading studying the Art and History of Art you will experience in your first year of this course, at one of the UK's top Art departments gives you a broad art foundation, encouraging you to experiment with a wide range of subjects and media. You can explore casting, welding, printing making and digital and technical media as well as more traditional approaches. 

Modules in "Contemporary art theory" and "History of art" complement your core practical learning. Studying history of art will give you an insight into past societies and the different media they used to express themselves. You will consider painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and the decorative arts across a range of periods.

You will receive your own dedicated studio space, accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We focus heavily on exhibitions, and regular field trips to national and international museums, art institutions and galleries will give you the chance to consider the diverse conditions in which art is created, displayed and received. 

Throughout this course you will have lots of opportunity to gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Debate and constructive criticism are actively encouraged and you will openly discuss your work with peers and teaching staff.

After your first year you will be assigned a studio tutor and focus on developing your individual and professional practice, working towards your final project and dissertation in the final year. Placements and collaborations are actively encouraged and there is also the chance to experience life in another country. You can also learn a modern language to complement the study abroad option your third year. Throughout your degree you will receive advice and guidance in career development.

What career can you have?

As well as the practical experience gained on this degree our students graduate with a range of transferable skills, such as self-motivation, time management and strategic thinking. They also have greater self-confidence and become better able to express yourself.

Many of our graduates develop successful careers as artists, writers and curators. These include a number of famous alumni, such as Turner-prize nominated artists, and PhD students who are award-winning artists and curators at influential museums. 

Others have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy and film and video production. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, Christies, Microsoft, and the BBC.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Image action text
  • Affect, aesthetics and the event
  • Utopias and Other Worlds
  • Landscape and Memory
  • International independent study with work placement
  • What is the contemporary?

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typical offer


All suitable applicants will be interviewed and will need to provide a portfolio of their work.

  • International Baccalaureate

30 points overall

  • Extended Project Qualification

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.

  • BTEC Extended Diploma


Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20300 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Reading

903 - 1382 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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