We are internationally recognised for our teaching and research in art history, from the Renaissance and 18th-19th century art to modern and contemporary art, including curating and art from Latin America.

Our courses in art history and curating allow you to study your passion firsthand in a stimulating and friendly environment while developing key professional skills and experience for a wide range of careers.

Our School includes the Centre for Curatorial Studies, which offers courses in curating theory and practice at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have an on-campus gallery Art Exchange and are also home to Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), the largest of its kind in Europe.

Why art history at Essex?

Banksy’s Dismaland

Banksy dismaland

Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.

BA Curatorial Studies

Two men carrying a painting

Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.