For over 20 years the University of Kent has provided innovative and interdisciplinary teaching in the visual arts. History of Art at Kent has a growing reputation for research in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics, which is reflected in the teaching quality of our degree programmes.

Sample the art world

Have you ever wondered what's involved in curating an art exhibition? Would you like to work in an art gallery, museum or archive? Our degrees give you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and develop work-related skills that prepare you for a career in the arts.

Study artists, art movements and a range of artistic media, including painting, sculpture, print media, installation and multimedia. Our close ties with the drama, film, music and architecture departments give you the opportunity to work and socialise with students from other creative subjects.

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Study options and support

A distinctive feature of our programmes is the chance to get involved in the creative arts industries. Why not develop your curatorial skills in the Studio 3 Gallery or get involved the acquisition of art works for the Kent Print Collection? You can also extend your degree programme by a year with a work placement or studying abroad at another university in Europe or the US.

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The teaching is brilliant, you will learn a lot from your fellow students and will be supported to achieve your career goals.

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We have an excellent team of academic staff to help you realise your potential. As an undergraduate student, you can meet regularly with an academic adviser who offers pastoral support and prepares you for a diverse range of careers. For postgraduates, our diverse academic community includes a number of staff who are producing internationally recognised research that influences behaviour in the visual arts.

Research excellence

Our academic staff have research interests including aesthetics, contemporary art, curating, and historical and contemporary artists from across the globe. We host a number of cross-disciplinary research centres, with each one offering a full programme of events including international exchanges, conferences, seminars and symposia.

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History of Art courses

View History of Art related courses below. Our full range of courses are available on the undergraduate and postgraduate pages.

Undergraduate courses