Art History & Visual Culture

  • Exciting area of study which explores both the history of art and more recent ideas of the visual
  • Extends the analysis of visual forms from the historical right through to areas of modern and contemporary practice
  • AHVC is agile and adaptable to innovation and change, responding to student needs and not too much bound to traditional geographical or methodological approaches
  • Well-established links with galleries and museums, both locally and nationally
  • Lecturers are at the cutting edge of art, historical and visual culture research
  • All students are encouraged and supported to pursue their interests

Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter is an exciting area of study which explores both the history of art and more recent ideas of the visual – extending the analysis of visual forms from the historical right through to areas of modern and contemporary practice.

As a relatively new subject AHVC is agile and adaptable to innovation and change, responding to student needs and not too much bound to traditional geographical or methodological approaches. AHVC has had success in the league tables to date, ranking 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and 9th in the Guardian (2016/17) and then 7th in the Complete University Guide (2017/18) 7th and 11th in The Guardian.

Special collections and teaching resources

Your understanding of Art History & Visual Culture will be enhanced by our well-established links with galleries and museums, both locally and nationally, including one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history of cinema and visual media in the on-campus Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. All our students are encouraged and supported to pursue their interests, including the history of art, visual culture, contemporary arts practices, cinema, literature, cultural history, philosophy, sociology or modern languages.

Our lecturers are at the cutting edge of art, historical and visual culture research. Key members of staff specialise in the history of art and architecture, from the Renaissance to the present, the history, theory and practice of museums and collections, aspects of performance, installation, photography and video arts and visual culture from antiquity to the present day.

You can find out more about our collections, events and the involvement of our students and staff in art and culture on our Arts and Culture website.