Go beyond the history of art.
Art, architecture and other forms of visual culture all tell stories.
The kind of story depends on your interpretation. There is intent and emotion behind the most abstract painting, while a human hand lays the bricks of every building; the story grows out of how you make connections.
Our world is dominated and driven by visual media and understanding this culture has never been more challenging or urgent. Study Art History and you will acquire a nuanced knowledge of art and visual culture and become an active participant in our complex visual world.
Founded by pioneers in the field, our art history provision is ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020) and 93% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019).
At Essex you are part of a strong, vibrant team of art historians, pushing the boundaries of the discipline.
Our scholars have developed influential new approaches to the study of art history since our foundation almost 50 years ago. Our mission is to meaningfully expand the concept of art history, and we explore a broad range of media that include digital art and curation.
Regardless of the PhD you pursue, you will find yourself in an environment that is both intellectually challenging and supportive.
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