About us

History of Art at the University of Oxford draws on a long and deep tradition of teaching and studying the subject.

The Department of History of Art is the setting for an undergraduate degree, which combines exposure to a very wide range of art works with the strengths of Oxford tutorial teaching. The Department also offers a distinctive masters degree, possibilities for advanced postgraduate research degrees, and hosts visiting scholars.

The Centre for Visual Studies, located within the Department, provides a working base for visiting post-doctoral researchers and an inter-disciplinary forum for members of the University. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage researchers to draw upon a wider range of such resources than is customary within the discipline of art history.

The Visual Resources Centre has two roles: firstly, to support all staff and students in the provision (and creation) of digital images for teaching, learning and research and secondly, to promote, preserve and provide access to the Department’s analogue image collections.