Minor in History of Art

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2018

If you choose a Minor in the History of Art you will study the history of art, sculpture and architecture across a range of historical and geographical periods, focusing in particular on Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Modern European and Contemporary.

This pathway will offer you the opportunity to explore the most abstract philosophies of art through to the more pragmatic workings and controversies of the international heritage industry, will allow you to tailor your studies to focus on Renaissance or more modern themes, and will also offer Special Subject modules which reflect the latest research by members of academic staff.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the history of art, including painting, sculpture and architecture, from classical antiquity through to the present day.


Year 2

In your second year you will study Renaissance art, sculpture and architecture or, alternatively, 19th and 20th century art tied thematically to the interplay of traditional values and more ‘progressive’ social forces and artistic ideals, which led to complex hybrids of art, sculpture, film and architecture that were neither simply ‘modern’ nor ‘traditional’. Continuing the theme of ‘negotiations with the past’, you will also take a module exploring the history of heritage preservationist movements in the arts and in museology.


Year 3

In your final year you will study module options that most appeal to you. You may, for example, opt for a theory module on philosophical aesthetics and art psychology as well as a biographical module taking a sustained, in-depth look into the life, work and legacy of a single Renaissance artist where the myth frequently obscures the reality, such as Leonardo or Michelangelo.

Alternatively, you can elect to take a Special Subject module – one reflecting the current research interests of members of academic staff – where you will participate in the study of a single research-intensive topic across two semesters.


Choose 1 option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.


There will be a range of assessment methods including coursework essays, exams and presentations.

Now choose your Major

On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case History of Art).


Please note that you cannot study a Minor in the History of Art with a Major in History of Art.

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