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Resources for current students

Pinterest boards

Ospina artwork

Check out our Pinterest boards to see what kinds of artworks we study here at Essex as well as pictures of gallery and museum visits taken by staff and students.

You can get in contact via our e-mail enquiry form if you have any questions regarding your course.

Useful links

Useful forms and documents

Useful information

  • How we communicate with you

    We will normally contact you via e-mail so please check your e-mail everyday. We will use e-mail to notify you if a lecture, class, or seminar has been postponed or cancelled, as well as to advertise School events and other opportunities.

    Official letters will be sent to your contact (term-time) address and via e-mail. Please make sure your contact details are up-to-date. You can change your contact details using the My Essex student web portal.

    You can also keep up-to-date with news and events by following our Art History at Essex Facebook page, as well as regularly checking our news feed, seminar pages, and notice boards.

  • Reference request

    Providing references for current and former students is an important service we provide. It enhances your employability by giving personalised endorsements of character and achievements related to positions and study programmes you are applying to. Please use our reference request form (.pdf) and make sure you ask staff members with plenty of time in advance of when the reference is needed.

    If you are a final year student, applying for grants from funding bodies to support graduate study, please check that your referees are available to write references at the required time. Deadlines often fall during the Easter vacation when staff may be away from the University.

    We aim to provide a reference for graduates up to three years after they the University. It may be possible to receive a reference after this time if a member of staff has the necessary information and is willing to provide a reference. Where no individual member of staff is able to supply a reference, we may be able to provide factual statements, including attendance dates and marks, from our office records .

    A copy of all references will be retained within our School for a period of six years following the date on which the reference was written (ten years in the case of research students).

  • Reading week

    Reading week is normally week 8 in the autumn term and week 21 in the spring term. No lectures or classes take place during reading week, unless you are notified by your lecturer or class teacher. If a member of staff has missed a lecture or class due to illness, or for any other reason, reading week may be used to catch up on that missed session.

  • Prizes

    A variety of prizes and bursaries are available to support excellence in art history study and encourage research and travel abroad:

  • Art History Society

    This is a student-run society that provides a friendly forum for art appreciation and discussion. The society regularly organises social events, gallery visits and film screenings. If you are interested in joining or getting involved in its organisation, visit the Art History Society Facebook page.

  • Common rooms

    We have two common rooms, 5B.137 and 6.143 (Thomas’ room), open from 9am - 5pm. Hot and cold drinks are available in both and you are welcome to use these to relax and meet informally with fellow students and staff. We also use these rooms for various events during the year, the details of which are displayed on the booking sheet on the door.


Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.



The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a unique research and teaching resource giving our students the chance to engage with over 750 artworks from 1900 to the present.

Sophie's blog

Sophie Dickey

Sophie is an undergraduate student. She loves going to galleries and museums, playing video games and practising karate. Her blog features a wide variety of art from the 15th Century to the present day.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.