History of Art
This course demonstrates the breadth of images and objects that can be studied in History of Art at Oxford —including European paintings, Asian sculpture and ancient Egyptian artefacts. History of Art allows you to think about different cultures, the objects they produce, what kinds of meanings they have, how they were used and how these uses have changed over time. The course leads you to consider a variety of visual environments, from the ancient to the modern, and ask questions about where visual stimuli come from and how we react to them.
During the week you will attend lectures and classes taught by tutors and museum staff. Classes often take place in front of the objects being discussed to encourage close, real-life observation. The variety of objects in the Oxford collections, allows students first-hand experience of the many kinds of objects that reflect the breadth of the undergraduate course.
Using various libraries in Oxford, you will have an opportunity to research an object as part of a group. You will attend a tutorial in which you will discuss the object, helping you to prepare a short group presentation for the end of the week. This experience teaches you how to research, analyse, and present your interpretation of visual object. History of Art requires a keen interest in the visual world and very good essay writing skills.
For a sense of what to expect from the programme, please see this blog post written by Nathan (former History of Art undergraduate and UNIQ participant).