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Six reasons to study History of Art, Architecture & Design

For those considering a degree in History of Art, Architecture & Design but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Study the past to understand the present

Through a History of Art, Architecture & Design degree course, you’ll delve deep into the historical, cultural, sociological, political, economic and religious contexts of fascinating artefacts.

As well as examining what you see in museums and galleries, you’ll look at buildings, film, websites, street style and more. This will help you explore what inspired the creations of the past, and how, in time, these creations have contributed to the world we see today. 

2. Learn through valuable experiences

Courses often include visits to prestigious museums, guest lectures from industry experts and exciting trips to places like Paris, Rome, Florence and New York City. They may also offer work placements or internships that give you valuable real-life experiences.

You may even have the chance to study abroad for a year, where you’ll gain an appreciation of different cultures.

3. High student satisfaction

Take a look at our History of Art, Architecture & Design subject league table and you’ll see that the levels of student satisfaction are high across the majority of universities. This may be because departments tend to be tight-knit and supportive, with small classes and expert staff who devote a lot of attention to their students.

4. Develop an impressive skillset

A degree in this area offers several professional skills, not least the interpretation and production of carefully-considered, well-supported and confident arguments in writing, presentation and visual display.

These are highly transferable and will make you attractive to many different employers – useful if you pursue a career that’s not directly related to History of Art, Architecture & Design.

5. Course combination options

Explore your broader interests through one of the dual degree options that many universities offer. Courses include combinations with foreign languages, conservation, archaeology, management, materials and technology or biblical studies.

6. Career possibilities

Many graduates of this subject area go into invigorating careers such as curators and managers with the Tate, Edinburgh Castle and the National Trust. Others pursue a wide variety of creative roles, such as marketing or journalism.

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