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BA Curatorial Studies

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Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.

We offer a range of single- and joint-honours degrees in art history. Courses are three years of full-time study and can also be taken as a four-year option including a year of study abroad. So if you love Italian art, you can take a year in Italy to really soak up the culture and study works first hand.

BA Art History

Our single-honours BA Art History combines historical and theoretical study of art, visual culture and curating. You engage with art works ranging from Old Master paintings to the most up-to-date contemporary art, encompassing photography, digital media, installation and architecture, as well as painting, performance, printmaking and sculpture.

Specialist modules allow you to fashion a bespoke course to suit your own interests and our course includes internship opportunities and the chance to study abroad.

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BA Curatorial Studies

Our BA Curatorial Studies degree is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in curating, gallery management and museums, and draws on the extensive expertise of our Centre for Curatorial Studies.

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Research-led teaching

Joint honours courses

Our joint-honours degrees allow you to pairyour study of art history with a variety of other subjects, including philosophy, languages, film studies, history and literature:

  • BA Philosophy and Art History

    Our BA Philosophy and Art History is a unique joint-honours degree combining the historical study of art with a deep and focused investigation of its theoretical and philosophical underpinnings. You engage with the work of a wide variety of artists and writers to explore the fundamental questions raised by both art history and philosophy, and their interrelationships. Our flexible course structure gives you a strong grounding in both subjects while allowing you to specialise according to the interests you develop. Work placement opportunities and the chance to study abroad are included.

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  • BA Art History and History

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  • BA Art History with Modern Languages

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  • BA Art History and Modern Languages

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  • BA Film Studies and Art History

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  • BA Literature and Art History

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Undergraduate pathways

If you don't meet our standard undergraduate entry requirements, our Essex Pathways Department offer undergraduate pathways that equip you with the necessary academic and English language skills to enable you to progress to an undergraduate art history course.

Languages for All

Our Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

Study abroad

Study abroad

Our courses offer options for studying abroad from a term up to year at a variety of partner universities from across the world, including in Italy, France and Germany, as well as the United States, Mexico, Brazil and China.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Careers and skills

Careers and skills

We offer a variety of careers support to help with professional development during your time at Essex and with finding employment or further study after you graduate.

ESCALA

ESCALA

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.