History of Art is a way of unlocking the past through material culture and understanding the process of human creativity itself.

Discover art and visual culture through a broad range of perspectives, such as social history, global art, philosophy, anthropology, feminism and religion. You will have access to original works, a dedicated fine art library and collection of resources in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, our acclaimed public gallery on-campus. Here you will find works by Botticelli, Van Gogh, Monet, Magritte, Degas, Gwen John, Vigée LeBrun and Rodin.

Study trips play an important part in your degree and include visits to galleries and museums in the UK and abroad. You will participate in a week-long, University-funded trip to a major European centre of artistic importance, where you have the opportunity to examine works of art and architecture in situ. Previous study trips have been to Rome, Prague, Berlin and Paris and are led by staff with specific research interests in the city. The trip provides a great opportunity to get to know the entire year group in an informal and inspiring setting.

Why Study this Course?

  • Excellent student experience – Our students gave the course an overall satisfaction rating of 100% in the National Student Survey 2018. They benefit from small classes, study trips, the opportunity to write blog posts for The Golovine, access to extensive Research and Cultural Collections, and an array of other extra-curricular activities.
  • Fantastic travel opportunities – Gallery study trips are organised in the West Midlands and London, whilst students enjoy a week-long, University-funded trip to a major European city in their second year. Students can also apply to study abroad for one year or one semester during their degree, taking History of Art-related subjects taught in English. Our exchange universities include Melbourne University in Australia, Lund University in Sweden and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
  • Great employability prospects – As the cultural industries remain a key part of our economic future, it is no surprise that 90% of our History of Art students are in work or further study just six months after completing their degree (DLHE 2017). As a History of Art graduate, you can join the 40% of the University’s former students who stay in Newcastle after their studies. You may also be eligible to apply for one of our 6 paid internships with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, or with other cultural organisations, through the Cultural Intern Scheme. There are also plenty more work and internship opportunities in the city and through the College of Arts and Law Careers team, who also host events such as ‘Careers in History of Art’. 
  • On-campus gallery – Teaching regularly takes place in our working gallery on campus, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which is home to a dedicated fine art library and some of the highest standards of artwork outside of London. Seminars and events regularly take place in front of these works of art, which really helps to deepen your understanding. You can also explore how the Barber’s different departments work together, whilst drawing on the gallery staff’s own expertise. This hands-on approach to studying History of Art will expand your knowledge of the museum and heritage sector.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA History of Art


Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

Find out more about


Newcastle Law School

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Historical Concepts in the History of Art (20)
  • Debates and Methods in the History of Art (20)
  • Object and Medium 1: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculptures (20)
  • Object and Medium 2: Photography, Film, Performance and Installation (20)
  • Writing Art’s Histories I: From Antiquity to Enlightenment (10)
  • Writing Art’s Histories II: Modern and Contemporary At (10)
  • A History of Art in 20 Objects A & B (20) or taking a language via Languages for All

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Techniques in History of Art (10)
  • Art History in the Field: European Study Trip (10)

Final Year

Compulsory Module

  • Dissertation (40)

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Developing your career


Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

  • Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
  • Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
  • Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
  • Cultural Internships – our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Newcastle Museums and Art Gallery, Newcastle REP, Newcastle Royal Ballet, City of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Newcastle.

There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.