Combined Honours

History of Art

History of Art

As an increasingly interdisciplinary subject area, the History of Art can be considered in historical, philosophical or political terms. This makes the subject a rich and diverse choice for Combined Honours.

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

Subject summary

The History of Art offers you the opportunity to engage with artworks as the primary objects of your study.

You'll develop valuable skills of critical analysis, so you can examine and explore the ways in which meanings and values have been placed on art objects.

During your studies, you'll be challenged to consider aspects of:

  • artistic production
  • exhibition
  • reception  

This is so you can begin to analyse what the object reveals about its historical or contemporary context.

Your modules enable you to study art from the Renaissance to the contemporary. From Stage 2, you can select modules to allow you to develop your own individual interests.

History of Art is offered by the School of Arts and Cultures.


While there are no pre-requisites to study history of art as part of your Combined Honours degree, A-Levels in art, art history, history, English or a language are desirable.

In preparation, we do advise you visit local museums and galleries, and national collections. This experience will help you develop your visual knowledge.

Complement this by reading from appropriate literature (books, catalogues, periodicals) to enhance your understanding of the historical, critical and theoretical dimensions of art history.


Our modules offer an introduction to art historical approaches and methodologies. They cover a range of periods, movements and iconographies, helping to set works in their creative, cultural and historical contexts.

For more information on the modules available visit the History of Art Module List. Modules are subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing history of art as part of your Combined Honours degree, just email us.

You can also contact our subject adviser for history of art.