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History of Art

Examine and explore the ways in which meanings and values have been placed on art objects.

About the programme

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

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.


Find out about our typical Modules. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about choosing this subject as part of your Combined Honours degree, contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Subject advisers

 Dr Ed Juler, School of Arts and Cultures

Our address

Combined Honours Centre
9th Level, Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7479