We are internationally recognised for teaching and research in art history and curating, from the Renaissance and 18th-19th century art to modern and contemporary art. Our courses allow you to study your passion firsthand while developing professional skills and experience for a wide range of careers.

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies offers courses in curating theory and practice for undergraduates and postgraduates. We have an on-campus gallery Art Exchange and our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) has a state-of-the-art teaching and research space for our students' use.

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.