History of Art


Image courtesy Slade School of Fine Art, UCL: Leopold Ettlinger lecture



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.

Upcoming Seminar

Research Seminar


Our 50th Anniversary

Leopold Ettlinger Lecture

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.


New Exhibition Open Now - Dangerous Diaries: Exploring Risks & Rewards in Fabrication

New Exhibition Open Now - Dangerous Diaries: Exploring Risks & Rewards in Fabrication

Living in a relatively risk-averse society, the dangers associated with fabrication can be intimidating. Yet we all make something, whether it is soap, soup or a sculpture. This exhibition reflects on how we decipher the perils of production, and how perceptions of risk have changed over time.

Diarists: Daryl Ballard, Puja Bharadia, Ellie Doney, Carla Flack, Emilia Kingham, Eleanor Morgan, Hilary Powell, Ruth Siddall, Simon Werrett.