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Gallery visits

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.

Experiencing artworks first-hand is an important part of studying art history. We offer a wide range of opportunities for visiting galleries and museums throughout your studies.

London art world

Essex is just an hour by train from the centre of the London art world. Our students enjoy regular visits to major galleries including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, as well as to the many independent and alternative spaces.

Most undergraduate modules include compulsory gallery visits every year as part of our teaching, with travel to London subsidised by our School.

Art Exchange

Art Exchange is our University gallery and runs an ongoing programme of exhibitions of contemporary art, artist and curator talks, as well as hosting exhibitions organised by students from our Centre for Curatorial Studies.

Essex Collection of Art from Latin America

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ESCALA teaching and research space

Based at the University, our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) gives you the opportunity to encounter art works first hand both in a class situation and through our Collection’s ongoing programme of exhibitions.

The collection is the largest of its kind in Europe and has a unique state-of-the-art teaching and research space for students' use:

Our students' photos

See photos taken by our students on gallery visits and research trips:


firstsite is a large and iconic exhibition venue designed by internationally recognised architect Rafael Viñoly and based in the centre of Colchester.

The gallery runs an ongoing programme of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as film screenings, talks and music events.

firstsite has also hosted exhibitions organised by our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA).

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.


Students in an art gallery looking at a piece of art

Follow us on our Essex Art History Instagram page to see what our students get up to during their studies – including art handling and visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums.

Banksy’s Dismaland

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Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

You can study our undergraduate courses as a single honours degree or in combination with other subjects as a joint honours; three years full-time or four years including a year of study abroad.