After studying History of Art at Warwick for three years and now getting increasingly closer to my graduation, I can honestly say that my experience and the opportunities available throughout my time here have been second to none. Warwick is well-known for being a prestigious Russell Group University, and for the subject of History of Art in particular, it is one of the best departments in the UK, if not the whole world. Warwick has recently been ranked 6th in the History of Art, Architecture and Design and 9th overall in The Complete University Guide’s 2019 league table as well as being ranked TOP in the country for History of Art and 8th overall in the Guardian’s 2019 University Guide.
Warwick is also the ONLY UK university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full term (10 weeks!) studying abroad in Venice. The Venice Programme has been established for 40 years, and the department has a permanent teaching and research base at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. While living and studying in Venice, you can become familiar with works over time and have access to exhibitions and events such as the Venice Biennale, where you will have many seminars on site. Living in Venice was the greatest experience of my life as you really have the chance to absorb the language, culture and art of Italy, while discovering your own interests, independence and testing your own limits.
Warwick offers a range of study visits, and their collaboration with Waddesdon Manor provides students with the opportunity to work closely with items from their extensive art collection. First year students learn how to look at and interpret what they see and gain an understanding of the relationship between art and its historical and physical contexts through such strong partnerships, which can be a great starting point for those interested in curatorial and gallery studies.
The Warwick campus also has it’s own gallery within the grounds – the Mead Gallery in the Warwick Arts Centre – which has offered many students the opportunity to have stewarding jobs while they study as well as access to various art events and exhibitions. The Gallery will unfortunately be closed up until Summer 2018 to be completely revamped and improved, but exhibitions, events and art activities will still take place across the University campus and beyond, so look out for those and get involved!
I genuinely believe that if you are interested in studying the History of Art (or any other subject!) Warwick is the best University to be as there is so much on offer in terms of the quality of teaching, the range of topics available to study, the amount of opportunities available to you, the amount of contact time with tutors and graduate prospects for the future. So if you want to find out more about Warwick, the next Open Days will take place on Saturday 6th October and Saturday 20th October 2018, so book a place and experience the university for yourself!
Thanks for reading,Kristie