About Art History and Visual Culture

Art History and Visual Culture at Exeter gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of topics: from the old masters to contemporary practitioners, from the traditional arts to new media and technologies and from elite production to popular culture. The programme draws on established, internationally recognised research activity and top-quality research-led teaching.

Our research

Our research in Art History and Visual Culture draws upon the expertise of our core art historians and also of colleagues from across the Humanities disciplines with research interests in Visual Culture. Our diverse research specialisms include historic and contemporary arts practices, museology and curatorship, art and technology, photography, performance, popular culture, visual representations of ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and visual cultures from the classical era to the present.

Undergraduate study

The College of Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of a new BA Single Honours programme and four new BA Combined Honours programmes which for the first time enable students at Exeter to study Art History and Visual Culture either as a free-standing award or as part of their undergraduate degree.

Arts and Culture

The BA Art History and Visual Culture programme builds on strong regional, national and international partnerships. As well as working actively with the key museums and galleries in the SW region, our partners include Tate and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Members of staff curate exhibitions and contribute to arts and literature conferences and festivals locally, nationally and internationally.

The University’s art collections and the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture provide valuable resources on campus. In the city, we work closely with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, one of the most important regional museums in the UK, and with Spacex, recognized by Arts Council England as one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art spaces. We have strong associations with Tate St Ives and with regional arts organisations and are flagship Visual Culture events.

Find out more about Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter at our website.