Taught course

History of Art

University of York · Department of History of Art

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Entry requirements

We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds.

You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

We will consider applications from mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications if you have substantial related experience.

Months of entry


Course content

In our contemporary society, with innovative technologies of visual research and communication, the ability to analyse images, art and architecture is more valuable than ever.

Our flexible degree programme is exceptional in its historical and geographical breadth and depth, encompassing a wide variety of art objects and their related visual practices from the antique to the contemporary.

You’ll have the choice of a wide range of modules giving you the opportunity to study art by time period, to focus on a specific media, or to pursue a specific methodological perspective. This includes modules that are jointly designed and taught in collaboration with the Tate.

The programme caters for generalists with broad interests, and those who are coming to art history from another discipline, however you can also specialise at a later stage of your degree via your module and dissertation topic choice.

We are one of the largest and most vibrant History of Art departments in the UK, recognised for the excellence of our research environment and research-led teaching.

We have developed successful partnerships with museums, galleries and country houses which will enrich your studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322978