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BA Curatorial Studies
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.
Our BA courses in art history and curating
combine the historical and theoretical study of art, visual culture and
exhibition-making from the renaissance to the present.
We have an international reputation for our
research and teaching, and student satisfaction is consistently
high, including 95% in the National Student Survey 2016. We have also
recently ranked 5th in the UK for Art History by the authoritative Times Good University Guide.
Encounter artworks first hand
During your degree you have many opportunities to encounter art works
first-hand at our our University's
Art Exchange gallery,
Firstsite and regular
exhibition visits to London.
You also see works from our Essex
Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA)
first hand in its state-of-the-art teaching and research space:
We offer a friendly and lively environment with an active community
of undergraduate and postgraduate students. We run a programme of
seminars, conferences and workshops, with speakers from across the
UK and abroad, allowing you to expand your knowledge beyond your course.
Your studies will be enriched by opportunities for personal and
professional development through internships, work placements or study
abroad, and we have an excellent support system offering careers advice
and guidance during your studies, and to prepare you for success after
Why art history at Essex?
Why study art history at Essex?
ESCALA teaching and research space
Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA)
Based at the University, our Essex
Collection of Art from Latin America
(ESCALA) is the largest of its kind in Europe and gives you the
opportunity to encounter art works in class situations and
through its programme of exhibitions.
Many of our students gain work and research experience
through our collection, which boasts a unique state-of-the-art
teaching and research space for their use:
Our University’s Art Exchange gallery.
Our onsite gallery
runs an ongoing programme of contemporary art exhibitions,
artist and curator talks, allowing you the opportunity to see
art works first hand and gain experience working with exhibition
Art Exchange also hosts exhibitions organised by our
curatorial students from the
Centre for Curatorial Studies.
firstsite is a
large and iconic exhibition venue in the centre of Colchester
and runs an ongoing programme of contemporary art exhibitions,
as well as film screenings, talks and music events. firstsite
has also hosted exhibitions organised by our
Essex Collection of Art from Latin
Firstsite gallery, Colchester (photo: Richard
Careers and skills
As well as teaching you to analyse and critically read art
works and texts,
our courses give you key skills
that are useful in working life and are increasingly sought by
employers, such as clear oral and written communication and the
ability to research independently. You also have opportunities
to gain practical experience of working with art works and
collections, exhibition and research projects while you study.
Find out what you can do with a
degree in art history.
Our undergraduate courses
include a variety of options for
studying abroad at a wide
range of partner universities around the world.
Support for Foreign Travel
“I applied for the prize to help me fund an internship at the
Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. The internship was an amazing
experience, as I both studied modern art and learnt the
practical day-to-day operations of a museum. I now work at
Christie’s as a Director of Private Sales in Jewellery
head-quartered in London. I work and engage with Top Level
clients across Asia and Europe to secure and sell important
jewels for Private Sale. The prize gave me a chance to
experience the art world outside of school and I believe it
propelled me forward toward a future where I am at now.” --Mei Y
Giam (2002 Bishop McKinlay Prize Recipient)
Our Bishop McKinlay Prize
can help with funding foreign travel.
Who does art history?
You don’t need to have completed A-level Art History to study
art history at undergraduate level. Previous study in art,
literature, history, philosophy or other humanities subjects, as
well as social and natural sciences, are all an excellent
preparation for studying art history and we welcome applications
from people with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Visiting us from abroad
Our School welcomes students from international universities
who wish to study abroad at
Essex. We provide a friendly, supportive and academically
challenging environment for study.
A period of study at Essex entitles you to our
study abroad loyalty discount, which reduces your first-year
tuition fees for your first period of postgraduate study at
Essex by ten per cent.
Follow us on our Essex Art History Instagram page to see what our students get up to during their studies – including art handling and visits to galleries,
exhibitions and museums.
UG Open Days
Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff
can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.