History of Art


History of Art

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. Known for our critical and self-reflexive approach to the subject, we are committed to a wide range of critical, historical and historiographical inquiry. Theoretical rigour and close attention to the materiality of the object are stressed in our programmes at all levels. The focus is on European art from the Middle Ages to the present day, but the problems we address cut across boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline.

Latest News

New Masters Scholarship for overseas students

We are delighted to be able to announce a new Masters Scholarship for overseas students to begin in the academic year 2018-2019. We welcome applications for the scholarship from overseas students who have been accepted for study on the History of Art Masters Program at UCL, preferably with an interest in following a course of study that includes modern and contemporary art.

Upcoming Events

Past Imperfect

Making and Destroying Enlightenment Photography in the 1860s

Making and Destroying Enlightenment Photography in the 1860s

Matthew Hunter (McGill University)

Monday 4 December, 6pm, Seminar Room 6

Postgraduate Research Seminar

Seminar Series

'A kind of fissure': Forma (1947-8)

Catherine Ingrams (PhD candidate, UCL History of Art )

Tuesday 12 December, 6pm, Seminar Room 3


Twenty Years of Boredom

Twenty Years of Boredom

Conference hosted by the CSCA in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies

Saturday 16 December, 11am, IAS

Studying Here


Prospective Students

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

Here you will find information including a link to the student handbook in Moodle, course descriptions, information for international students, summer reading lists, contacts for student representatives, forms for download, careers information and more...

20 Gordon Square

About the Department

Timeline, short video and a history of the department.

MA Options 2017

MA Options

This MA draws on the research and teaching expertise within the department...



Reviews, reflections, reports and more written by History of Art MA students...



Object is a journal produced entirely by graduate students in the History of Art.

Research, Publications & Exhibitions


Research Staff

Listings of all our Research Staff, including contact details, research interests, publications and more.

Hölling, Paik's Virtual Archive: Time, Change, and Materiality in Media Art

Staff Publications

An on-line bookshelf with a selection of publications authored and edited by staff past and present.

Steffani Jemison,. Sensus Plenior

Steffani Jemison. Sensus Plenior

An exhibition curated by MA student Osei Bonsu at Jue de Paume, Paris. Running from 17 October 2017 to 21 January 2018.

Vladimir Vilde, Caring for Paintings with the Use of a Simple Camera

Blog Article

Vladimir Vilde writes on 'Caring for paintings with the use of a simple camera' for National Heritage Science Forum blog

Contact Us

General Enquiries: Robert Brown

T+44(0)20 3108 4012

Opening Times:

Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm (Lunch 12:45-1:45pm)

Admissions Contacts

Postal Address: University College London, Department of History of Art, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK

Find Us

Visiting Address: UCL History of Art Department, Departmental Office & Reception, Room G03, 20 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AH, UK.