History of Art


Prospective Students

Want to know more about what it is like to study History of Art at UCL? Please take a look at this short film. You will hear from current students as well as recent graduates about exciting site visits, life in London and the History of Art Society.

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Did you know that the History of Art Department at UCL offers a unique degree that focuses on works of art as physical objects? If you would like to learn more about our History of Art, Materials and Technology degree, please watch this short film.
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Simon Baker
" After studying History of Art at UCL (BA, MA & PhD) I worked as a University Lecturer, teaching History of Art. At the same time I worked on exhibitions as an external curator, and wrote about contemporary art. I left academia after five years to become Curator of Photography at Tate.


Simon Baker, Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) Tate 



" My time at UCL and the Art History Department was enriching, fulfilling and exciting. Coming from a smaller town back in Canada, studying in London enabled me to not only see and admire great works of art, but to make presentations right in front of them at the galleries and to handle and view up close precious artefacts. Many of my classes took place in institutions such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery - once in a lifetime experiences which I will never forget. Thanks for an amazing and life changing six months! 

Full Year Affiliate 2015

Kelly Manikoth, University of Waterloo, Canada - HART 3906


" I have really enjoyed the freedom to explore both major and minor elements of the subjects covered by the taught courses. My primary interest in Old Masters has been developed by one of my taught courses and by my choice of dissertation topic was in turn influenced by a seemingly unrelated course on nineteenth-century technology. It is the predominant focus on the visual (and indeed sometimes not-visual) in conjunction with a strong theoretical framework that develops the students of the History of Art MA into strong well-rounded critical thinkers.

James Baskerville

History of Art MA

" Studying since undergraduate on the joint course with SOAS, then again as postgraduate on the MA and now PhD, the History of Art Department at UCL has proved to be a consistently stimulating intellectual environment for me. From attending the department's thriving extra curricular events program, to developing a strong relationship with my supervisors as well as other staff and colleagues, the sense of community is vital and engaging. Recent experience of teaching and offering mentoring to MA students has further allowed me to acquire the skills necessary to a career in academia, but also encouraged me to reflect on research practice in new and exciting ways.

Tom Snow

Current PhD Student

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Contact Us (Admissions)

Undergraduate Tutor: Dr Cadence Kinsey - T+44(0)20 3108 4400

MA Tutor: Dr Stephanie Schwartz - T+44(0)20 3108 4031

Research Tutor: Dr Richard Taws - T+44(0)20 3108 4025

Affiliate Tutor: Diana Dethloff - T+44(0)20 3108 4012

General Enquiries: Robert Brown

T+44(0)20 3108 4012

Opening Times:

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

Find Us

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