Examine the evolution of artistic movements, styles, and techniques that reveal the history of civilizations and the dynamic interplay between artistic innovation and societal contexts.
At Essex, you'll learn from leading academics like the award-winning Dr. Matt Lodder, whose podcast "Beneath the Skin" won the history award at the Independent Podcast Awards. We're also ranked 3rd in the UK for research outputs in art history as reflected in the Grade Point Average of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).
Our art history courses will help you sharpen your analytical skills by critically engaging with the relationship between art and society over two millennia. Exploring pivotal moments from:
The Art Exchange gallery and ESCALA, the most comprehensive Latin American art resource in the UK, both reside on our Colchester Campus providing you with a unique opportunity for academic exploration. You'll also benefit from work and research experiences, ongoing art programs, and join a community dedicated to academic excellence.
Studying a Master's degree in Curating, Heritage and Museum Studies, or Art History and Theory offers you the chance to gain specialised knowledge and skills for your future career. Key benefits include expertise in curatorial practices, critical thinking, analytical skills and learning more about specific challenges and solutions found in these areas. You'll also have the opportunity to delve deeper and learn about areas such as:
Graduates can pursue diverse roles in museums, galleries, and cultural institutions, contributing to the art community and shaping cultural discourse. With some of our recent graduates having gone on to work for the National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sotheby's New York, and Momart Ltd
Embark upon your next step as a researcher and combines the study of art curation with a deep exploration of the historical and theoretical aspects of art. Our interdisciplinary approach allows you to engage with art in a multifaceted manner, understanding not only its visual elements but also the historical contexts and theoretical frameworks that shape artistic production, reception, and interpretation.
We offer four different options for research study:
Explore our Art History, and Curating research by theme or your area of interest and find a supervisor that can support your through your studies. More information can be found about research degrees on our school pages. Our courses below will help guide you through the various research degree programmes we offer.
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