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.


Number of students per year
Typical offer

A*AA at A-level, or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please see the University entrance requirements page.

(Please note that Clare typically requires applicants to achieve an A*, 7 or equivalent in an essay-based subject, rather than in Art and Design.)

Essential subjects

There are no specific subject requirements, but all candidates must be taking at least one A-level/IB Higher level essay-based subject.

Useful subjects

History, History of Art, English (Language or Literature), a Language

Written work

Two marked essays in different subjects will be required in advance of interview. One of them may be related to History of Art, but this is not a requirement. The essays must be written in English or translated into English by the candidate.

History of Art at Clare

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.

Visit the University's subject page for more information.