History of ArtUniversity of Cambridge
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- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (England)
What you'll learn on the course
Teaching is provided through lectures, seminars and supervisions. First-year students typically have up to six hours of departmental teaching each week, as well as a supervision linked to your weekly reading and essays.
Particular attention is paid to the first-hand study of works of art – lectures and classes are regularly held in museums, taught by curatorial staff and other visiting experts – and you receive exceptional attention and support throughout your degree.
Assessment varies according to the paper being studied but typically includes written examinations and visual analysis tests (comparing and contrasting works of art), and a dissertation in Year 3.Year 1 (Part I)
Part I provides you with a broad introduction to the history of art, and to the making and meaning of art objects, with special emphasis on the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum. These run from the art of Ancient Egypt to modern times, and include major examples of medieval, Renaissance and post-Renaissance art as well as non-Western items.
During the year you take five compulsory papers and complete a short dissertation:
- The Objects of Art History – a survey of art and architecture that introduces the history of art from antiquity to the modern era
- The Making of Art – two papers covering issues of manufacture, technique and style in painting and sculpture in the context of their historical development
- The Meaning of Architecture and Art – two papers concerned with how works of architecture and art are interpreted in light of cultural traditions
- the short dissertation is 5,000 words on a work of art or architecture in or around Cambridge
Part II deepens your knowledge and understanding by focusing in greater depth on specific issues.
In Part IIA, you take one compulsory paper along with two pairs of papers on Special Subjects:
- Approaches to the History of Art – the compulsory paper covers the history of the discipline and its critical methodologies from antiquity to the present day
- Special Subjects – chosen from a range of around 10, each pair deals with a particular person, subject or period. These currently include French medieval art and architecture, English Renaissance art and architecture, art and society in medieval Italy. British art and architecture, Russian painting, Surrealism, and post-1945 Modernism
In Part IIB, you take one compulsory paper, two further pairs of Special Subjects papers and submit a dissertation:
- The Display of Art – the compulsory paper explores the ways in which art is collected, displayed and experienced in society
- Special Subjects – the options available are as those in Part IIA, but you take two subjects that you haven’t studied before
- the dissertation is 7,000-9,000 words on a topic of your choice, as agreed with your Director of Studies
For further information about studying History of Art at the University of Cambridge see the Department of History of Art website.