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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

History of Art

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History of Art at Cambridge encourages the visual analysis of art and architecture at close-hand and offers opportunities to explore issues of history, theory, criticism and display. Students cover a broad sweep of art history in the first year, and have the chance to choose more specialised subjects in the second and third years. Students receive a high level of individual attention and support from experts in the field, both in the Department and in the University art museums and galleries. More details about the course can be found on the University website.

History of Art at Murray Edwards College

At Murray Edwards, we aim to admit one or two History of Art undergraduates a year, meaning that students are part of a small but dedicated History of Art community, whilst also being connected to the wider network of historians within the College. Murray Edwards College is a unique environment in which to study History of Art, with its striking 1960s architecture and its world-class collection of art by women artists, The Women's Art Collection, which features works by artists including Judy Chicago, Tracey Emin, Maggi Hambling and Paula Rego. There are many opportunities for students to get involved with the art collection, including direct access to the works of art when considering dissertation topics and the opportunity to work on projects alongside the curator. 

Typical offer
A Level: A*AA with A* in an essay subject. Art likely to be excluded from A*.
IB: 42, 776 with 7 in IB Higher Level essay subject

Required subjects
No specific subjects are required.

Admissions Assessment
All applicants for History of Art are required to take a written assessment if shortlisted for interview.  You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and the College will provide details directly to you.

Written work
Details of the submitted work requirements for History of Art for 2023 entry will be available here in May.

Read the Q&A with our Director of Studies for History of Art.

Academic and teaching staff