History of Art
History of Art is a wide-ranging course covering a variety of forms of creative expression, from classical architecture to contemporary visual arts.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Oxford and Cambridge Universities to study History of Art, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University offer a three year long undergraduate degree in History of Art.
The application process is highly competitive with only 20% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*AA at A Level (or equivalent). No subjects are compulsory, but at least one essay-based subject is recommended.
Oxford University's History of Art degree course is three years long.
The application process is highly competitive with only 10% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get AAA at A Level (or equivalent) with at least one of those grades in an essay-based subject.
To prepare for your History of Art application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction’ by Geraldine A. Johnson
- ‘History of Modern Art’ by H. H. Arnason and Peter Kalb
- 'Women, Art, and Society’ by Whitney Chadwick
Practice interviews for History of Art applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Applicants to History of Art at Cambridge are required to sit an at-interview History of Art Admissions Assessment, if interviewed.
There are no written admissions test as part of the application process for History at Oxford.Learn more about the History of Art Admissions Assessment