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UCL is situated in the heart of Bloomsbury. This is a wonderful location for the study of history of art and we make excellent use of local resources such as archives, museums and galleries. All undergraduate students do some of their learning in groups in front of objects in situ. We also pride ourselves on the theoretical components of our undergraduate courses and all students take theory options throughout their time with us. The department runs a very popular taught MA programme, consisting of an average of thirty-eight students a year, which combines focussed special period work with advanced theoretical study. We have a large body of research students, ranging from forty to fifty at any one time, who, in addition to pursuing their own studies, participate as teaching assistants and teaching fellows during their time with us. In all, this comprises a student body of around three hundred students in any one year.
The staff consists of seventeen full time academics, two part timers, and three and a half administrative/technical staff. All participate in our community which involves research projects as well as teaching. We host the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, co-organise the Early Modern Research Seminar with the Courtauld Institute, facilitate the research Rhizome and other collaborative inter-disciplinary ventures across UCL and other art history departments in the University of London. We are involved in exhibition projects and research collaborations with major London and provincial institutions, as well as with partners abroad, and have been awarded four collaborative doctoral awards from the AHRC. Our partner institutions include Tate, the Science Museum and the National Gallery. In all, staff and research students at UCL are at the cutting edge of innovative thinking and writing in our field. This is reflected in the lively research culture that exists here and the programme of extra events and seminars, held weekly in the department and open to all students.
UCL welcomes students and visiting scholars from all cultures, countries and backgrounds. Our public lectures, conferences and events draw audiences and participants from all over London. We hope you will join us by coming to study here or to attend events organised by us. Please do keep checking our website for news and updates.
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