Clare College Cambridge

History of Art

Number of students per year: 1-2
Typical offer: A*AA, with the A* to be in an essay-based subject (and not, for example, in Art and Design). Other typical offers would be based on 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: No specific subject requirements, however, all candidates must be taking A-level/ IB Higher level essay based subject.
Written assessment: All applicants are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for History of Art. Further information about this is available here.


With its spectacular built environment, museums and libraries, Cambridge offers a unique opportunity to study the History of Art. The Department has an exceptional reputation within the field, ranking highly in the Guardian’s League Table and winning outstandingly high student satisfaction scores. It is located in Scroope Terrace, near the Fitzwilliam Museum. Most lectures and seminars take place in the Department, and its facilities include the Faculty Library.

Clare College, often said to be the friendliest and most welcoming in Cambridge, centres around the beautiful seventeenth-century Old Court and the handsome Memorial Court, built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (designer of Liverpool Cathedral). As well as possessing an excellent art collection in its own right, the college prides itself on showing important contemporary sculpture throughout its grounds and runs regular photography and fine art competitions for its undergraduates. Former students have gone on to senior positions in academia and the arts.

Part I is a one-year course which offers a broad introduction to the making and meaning of art. Part II involves the study of special subjects, which range from the art and architecture of medieval Europe to the modern period.

Further details about History of Art are available from the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus, or direct from the Secretary, the Department of History of Art, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX, Tel: 01223 332975, Fax: 01223 332976, or the Faculty website at



Director of Studies in History of Art

Dr Alexander Marr* Reader in the History of Early Modern Art


See Student Profile: Sophia Luu


Link to University Subject Page