Clare College Cambridge

Studying History of Art


Studying History of Art at Clare


Because of the comparatively few undergraduates reading History of Art at Cambridge, most of the teaching, including supervision, is organised by the Department. In the first year (Part I), students follow courses on the meaning and making of art, as well as a year-long course focusing on the extraordinarily rich collections of art and architecture in Cambridge, and write a short dissertation on a subject of their choosing. In each year of Part II, students aim to cover one special subject each term alongside a further year-long compulsory course on theoretical approaches to the subject. For most subjects there is a core course of lectures. Each student meets weekly with his or her supervisor for the term, to plan and execute an individual programme of study, which includes the writing of essays, discussion of issues raised in the lectures and suggestions for further reading. All students have the opportunity to develop further their own research and academic writing skills in the third year by writing a longer dissertation under specialist supervision.