Location and facilities

Gain real-world experience of the arts through Brighton’s world-renowned arts culture. You can get involved with one of the city's arts festivals or volunteer at a local gallery or museum. 

Plus, Sussex is only an hour away from London, with its internationally renowned museums and galleries. 

Sussex also has a range of dedicated resources and facilities that you can use as part of your studies, such as:

  • the Keep - the state-of-the-art historical resource centre that's only 10 minutes' walk from campus
  • our brand new arts venue - the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
  • the Sussex Humanities Lab.

Industry links and fieldtrips

Benefit from our Department's exceptional links with museums, galleries and collections in Brighton and London.

We run an annual staff exchange with the Victoria and Albert Museum, and our research is featured in exhibitions at institutions such as Tate, the Barbican and the Science Museum.

This means you can meet industry experts and go on regular trips and visits as part of your course.

Events and networking

As a Sussex Art History student, you have regular and direct contact with a wide range of artists, curators and academics. 

Every week, leading figures give talks, screenings and masterclasses. For example, we've recently hosted artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Tate Modern curator Simon Baker and Tim Barringer from Yale University.

Our Work in Progress seminars give you vital opportunities to stay in close touch with events and discussions in the art world.

Discover our Work in Progress seminars

Careers and transferable skills

Our Art History courses prepare you for your future career.

That's why 91% of our undergraduate Art History students were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015).

The range of skills you develop by studying Art History at Sussex prepares you for a variety of careers, both within and outside of the arts industry, including the cultural, creative and academic sectors. And you become an expert in how visual culture operates - an essential skill in our image-saturate society.

Research-led teaching

For 50 years, we have been at the forefront of the discussion and analysis of works of art and their wider cultural contexts.

100% of our research was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

And our teaching is informed by our research. This means that, as a student within our Department, you're the first to be exposed to ideas that will change understandings of the field.

Learn more about our research


Contact the School of Media, Arts and Humanities

+44 (0)1273 678001

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