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 main focus is on the history of the art of Europe and of the Americas from the Middle Ages to the present, but the problems we address cut across boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline.

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..

MA Course Options 2018-19

MA Options

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

IT support

IT induction sessions

The local IT team is offering some additional induction training for new students in October. There will also be drop-in support sessions throughout the year.



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


Research Staff

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

Book launch: Rober Mills - Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern

Staff Publications

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

History of Art Society

UCL History of Art Society

The UCL History of Art Society (@uclhoas) is a communal space for students with similar interests in arts and culture to come together in a welcoming environment.