Department of Art History

About the Department

Sussex Art History was established in 1967. Since then, it has built an international reputation for its radical approach to the study of Art History.

At Sussex, you will be become part of a close-knit and dynamic community of students researchers, sharing in:

  • Pioneering work that shapes the field. Our work continues to challenge received thinking and open up the discipline of Art History.

  • Specialisms spanning from the classical to the contemporary. We have particular strengths in Renaissance Art and Society, Byzantine Art, Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture; Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture, Feminist Art History, Photography, and Curating.

  • Exceptional links with museum, galleries and collections. We run an annual staff exchange scheme with the V&A. Our research regularly informs exhibitions at museums and galleries such as Tate, the Barbican, and the Science Museum.

  • World leading teaching and research. We received 100% for overall satisfaction and teaching in the 2014 National Student Survey.

  • Skills and Employability. Our courses are both intellectually rigorous and geared towards preparing students for future employment. Sussex ranks fourth in the country for employability. 90% of our students were in work or further study six months after finishing their degree. Our MA in Curating includes guaranteed work placements.

  • Regular and direct engagement with artists and curators. Every week, leading artists and curators give talks, screenings and master-classes at Sussex, providing our students with vital opportunities to stay in close contact with things taking place in the art world.

Read more about what makes Sussex Art History so unique.