Taught course

History of Art

University of East Anglia · School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree (UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent) in humanities or social science subjects, or relevant practical experience. Interviews are required for students applying to this degree.

Months of entry


Course content


This flexible course offers a unique opportunity to study visual arts and architecture, allowing students to choose from seminar modules on the arts of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, from antiquity to the present. You will study in the Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, with dedicated work and communal space for postgraduates.


Taught in small groups, the course offers close individual guidance. Students select modules from a range of options, receiving guidance on the methodological and historiographic aspects of advanced study in the History of Art. Students write a dissertation on a topic of their choice and draw on the expertise of their tutors, guided by a supervisor.


Students get more lectures, seminars, tutorials and general contact time with academic staff than students at many other leading History of Art departments in the UK. Art History and World Art Studies is based in Norman Foster’s world-famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, an icon of modern design, which contains an astounding art collection with major internationally-renowned works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.


History of Art students are part of a department that is the highest-rated in England (joint first in the UK) for graduate prospects in the visual arts sector. Graduates have filled high profile posts in prestigious institutions such as the British Museum, V&A, Tate and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as other leading History of Art departments, publishers and the commercial art world.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515