What students say about art history
The course as a whole is incredibly interesting, very flexible in catering to your interests (with the ability to take modules outside of the department), and challenging. My pathway incorporated philosophical and historical approaches, in addition to chemistry and language modules!3rd year, UCL (University College London)
I am a humanities student and my set teaching hours each week are fairly low - this year I had about eight or nine hours a week. I didn't really know what to expect, but I was surprised by this. They do expect you to do a lot of independent work and due to the quality of the course, you don't NEED the extra reading time, but you aren't really making the most out of your course and your time if you don't expand on the knowledge you've been given. I do history of art and the facilities for the course are really great. The department also has strong connections to galleries, museums, auction rooms etc., so that if you want to do a work placement, then they will do their best to help you.1st year, University of Leicester
The biggest shock about my course is the lack of contact time. I only actually have two terms per year, and for the first year I only had three sessions a week, which is a big change from college. The work is interesting and entirely coursework-based throughout the whole degree, therefore I have no exams (wahoo!). There are not many course-specific facilities for my particular degree.1st year, Goldsmiths, University of London
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- English literature
- Religious studies
- Modern foreign language
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Your personal statement is a core part of your university application, and getting it just right takes time. Before you start work on yours, take a look at our five quick tips on writing a personal statement. We'll help you past that writer's block!
- Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Museum curator
- Fine artist
- Exhibition manager
Other real-life job examples
- Public relations officer
- Periodical editor
- Interior designer
What employers like about this subject
An art history student can expect to learn a number of subject-specific skills, including criticism and analysis of art, ideas and visual culture, the ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and to appreciate the impact art has on society - and vice versa. You can also develop useful transferable skills including communication, team-working, critical thinking and observation skills. Industries employing art history graduates include museums, galleries, the creative arts, universities, the government, design agencies, management consultancies, advertising agencies and publishing.