Oxford is a place of significant architectural interest in itself, and with its numerous museums and art collections, the city provides an excellent platform to survey developments in western art and architecture. Visiting Students who apply for ‘History of Art’ will be able to select their options from a wide range of courses available in the field of art and architectural history. No previous of knowledge in the subject is required. Please review the range of subjects on offer below. It would also be possible to focus on specific artists and architects as required.

Students may apply to study courses in History of Art as their major or minor subject, but must also select tutorials from one other subject area.

What courses can I take?

  • A Survey of Western Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Late Nineteenth Century
  • Medieval and Renaissance Art in Italy
  • Neoplatonism and Renaissance Art
  • Donatello
  • Michelangelo
  • Titian
  • Seventeenth Century Painting
  • Baroque Art and Architecture 
  • Art of the Grand Tour
  • Nineteenth Century British and French Art
  • The Pre-Raphaelites
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • A Survey of English Architecture
  • A Survey of Oxford Art and Architecture
  • English Gothic Architecture
  • English Cathedrals
  • French Gothic Architecture
  • The Classical Language of Architecture
  • The English Country House
  • English Baroque Architecture
  • Palladio and Palladianism
  • Victorian Art and Architecture
  • Museums and the History of Collecting

Advice on written work to be submitted

While no prior experience is necessary applicants are asked to submit written work in History of Art or related subjects.

Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Edward Clarke teaches art history and English literature at the Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University, and numerous colleges.  Dr Clarke’s book, The Secret Mind of Art, was published by Angelico Press in 2023. Other books of his include A Book of Psalms (Paraclete Press, 2020), The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry (Iff Books, 2014), and The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Dr Alice Little teaches the 'Museums and the History of Collecting' course.  Dr Little is a professional researcher in music, history, and the history of collecting, as well as an author of fiction.