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In the year of our 50th Anniversary, the History of Art Department at UCL is one of the most dynamic centres for the study of art history and visual cultures in the world.


50th anniversary Film

The UCL History of Art department began awarding degrees in the subject in 1965, but the presence of the History of Art in the College goes back much further, even beyond the founding of the Slade School of Art in 1870.

In episode 2, guests Dr Susan Mossman, curator of science materials at the Science Museum; UCL History of Art Material Studies lecturer Dr Emma Richardson; and SEAHA student Mark Kearney discuss the challenges museums face when dealing with modern materials.


Studying Here

Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Though we retain the designation ‘History of Art’, our teaching programmes and research move beyond traditional forms of art history to address visual and material cultures more broadly. Teaching stretches from the medieval period to the art of today, and the art of all periods is considered in its global context. It also includes new and non-traditional media and contemporary art.

Current Students

Current Students

Known for our critical and self-reflexive approach to the subject, we are committed to a wide range of critical and historiographical enquiry, and theoretical rigour is stressed in our programmes at all levels. The problems we address cut across the boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline. Teaching is research-driven, and all staff are research-active.


Research & Publications

Revolution under a King

Revolution under a King

This exhibition features a selection of prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution, curated by Emeritus Professor David Bindman and Dr Richard Taws.

Maria Loh, Still Lives

Maria Loh, Still Lives

Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master
Richly illustrated, Still Lives is an original exploration of the invention of the artist portrait and a new form of secular stardom.

CSCA Blog

CSCA Blog

Reviews | Reflections | Reports
The latest CSCA blog post by Lisa Moravec reviewing the "Reality Check" symposium is now online.