Philosophy and Art History

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Radical approaches to philosophy and art

We have brought two fields of study together within our School of Philosophy and Art History to open up exciting new possibilities for dialogue and collaboration, while preserving the distinct identities of each discipline.

We offer a range of degrees in philosophy, art history and curating. You can study these areas separately, combined with each other, or alongside a wide variety of other subjects. The Interdisciplinary Studies Centre is also based in our school and offers degrees in American (US) studies, European studies, Latin American studies, global studies and liberal arts.

We take a broader and bolder view of art and ideas, both in history and theory, rooting our work in real-world experience. We are internationally recognised for teaching and research both in our unique combination of Anglo-American and European continental philosophy, and in art history and curating, from the Renaissance and 18th-19th century art to modern and contemporary art. Our courses allow you to take a single or multifaceted approach to your study while developing professional skills and experience for a wide range of careers.

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Our courses

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Ranked top 10 for History of Art (TGUG 2018)
Ranked top 10 for Philosophy (TGUG 2018)
6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
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University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
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The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC in the UK and offers a world-leading environment for doctoral research and education.

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Dr Timo Jütten
"Our degrees in Philosophy and Art History are truly transformative. They open up new ways of thinking and doing. Join our close-knit community and learn for life."
Dr Timo J├╝tten Head of School School of Philosophy and Art History
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Our research

Our school features a dynamic group of art historians who investigate the production and reception of images and built environments, across cultures and media from the early modern period to the present. We are also internationally recognised for research across a broad range of topics in continental and analytic philosophical traditions.

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Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: +44 (0)1206 872526