An outstanding art history department, specialising in visual arts from around the globe An outstanding art history department, specialising in visual arts from around the globe

Based in Norman Foster's world-famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the UEA campus, Art History and World Art Studies offers a unique and exceptional working environment for Undergraduate and Postgraduate study.

Our students work in unrivalled proximity to major, internationally-renowned works of art, by artists such as Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.

Particularly renowned for our broad approach to art, our work encompasses ancient, medieval, Renaissance, modern and contemporary European art, American art, African art, Asian art and Pacific art. Our staff, students and researchers are interested in the history of art, as well as archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage, and museum studies.

Our students are able to study a wider range of artistic cultures, periods and forms than in any other art history department in the UK.

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We are ranked 2nd in the UK for History of Art, Architecture and Design in the Times Good University Guide 2015. The guide also places us joint second for Student Satisfaction and second for Research Quality. In the Guardian University Guide 2015, we are ranked 6th overall and 2nd for student satisfaction. 71% of students who graduated in 2013 are now in ‘professional or managerial jobs or in further study'. In 2013-14 100% of our students achieve good honours. 

79% of research in Art History and World Art Studies was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally, the impact of our research was rated the 2nd highest in the UK for Art History in the Times Higher Education REF 2014 rankings.


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