School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Top 5 for Art & Design in the UK

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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies is one of the largest and most exciting centres in the UK for aspiring cultural practitioners — artists, theorists, curators, historians of art — to hone their creative and critical skills and broaden their intellectual horizons.

We are an internationally recognised leader in research and research-led teaching in the history of art, art gallery and museum studies, cultural and media studies, and fine art.

The School is actively working to build a diverse and inclusive school community that supports all staff and students. Our Equality and Inclusion Lead is Dr Jade French. Access staff and student resources and find out more about our current projects. 

Studying with us

We offer a unique combination of programmes centred on the encounter between historical, cultural and theoretical analysis, museum and heritage studies and fine art practice.

Each of our undergraduate degrees constitutes a particular pathway but also offer flexibility, allowing you to select from many optional modules.

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Our five taught postgraduate courses cover the fields of history of art, museum studies, cultural studies and fine art.

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The research focus of the School allows us to offer supervision expertise in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields, including world-wide art history, critical analysis and theoretical cultural studies, as well as fine art practice in all media.

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Our reputation


"world leading" or "internationally excellent"

Submitted research environment - REF 2021


in the world for Arts and Humanities

Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2023


"world leading" or "internationally excellent"

Submitted impact case studies - REF 2021