Department of Art History

Postgraduate study

Gain skills for your future career by joining an Art History department with an outstanding reputation for research. Benefit from our broad, international scope, including European, Asian and American art and culture, as well as the study of methodology and critical theory.

Key facts about Art History at Sussex

  • worldwide reputation - challenge accepted views and think about art and culture in new and exciting ways. 100% of our research was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our ongoing study of the history of photography, and the pioneering feminist and queer art histories that have been developed at Sussex, are both areas in which we continue to lead the way.
  • unique location and opportunities - gain real-world experience of the distinctive arts culture of the City of Brighton & Hove. Our campus is just nine minutes by train from Brighton, so you have opportunities to get involved with the Brighton Festival (one of Europe's largest annual arts festivals) or the Brighton Photo Biennial (the UK's largest art and photography festival) for example. Plus, you have access to London's world-famous arts culture and institutions, being only an hour away.
  • industry links in the UK and abroad - learn from experts who have strong links with museums, galleries and collections in Brighton, London and beyond. Our faculty often curate, and our research is regularly featured in, exhibitions at institutions such as Tate, the Barbican, and the Science Museum.
  • exceptional resources including the Sussex Humanities Lab and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. You also have access to The Keep - a state-of-the-art archive resource centre close to Sussex campus.
  • research community - when you join our community, you gain access to a friendly and stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas. We work closely with other subject areas to aid collaboration. You also have access to a range of support. For example, as a PhD student you can benefit from our researcher development programme.
  • funding opportunities - we offer a variety of scholarship opportunities to help fund your postgraduate study. As a PhD student, you may be eligible for studentships such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative PhD scheme - which means you're jointly supervised by Sussex and another institution such as the Victoria and Albert Museum or the Brighton Museum and Gallery.

Contact us

For more information about our postgraduate courses, contact our Programme Convenor, Francesco Ventrella:

F.Ventrella@sussex.ac.uk