Are you fascinated by different ideas of beauty? Do you wonder how an image can be so powerful? Study history of art in a city decorated with extraordinary stonework, stained glass and oil paintings, while learning with the most sophisticated, modern thinkers in the field. Cambridge is home to the historical collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, alongside contemporary art exhibitions on show in Kettle’s Yard and the Ruskin Gallery, including work from artists living and working in Cambridge. Moreover, Cambridge boasts an exciting collection of contemporary art by women in the New Hall Art Collection. Your eyes will have a feast.
You will examine how art was created in different times and places and how these works were received and commented on by the public. Whatever your tastes and interests there will be something on this wide-ranging course for you.
From age 16 to 24, our history of art summer courses in Cambridge are designed to suit your level of experience.
Cambridge's artistic environment has attracted outstanding art historians and your tutors will be among them.
Your learning will be as unique as the individual creation of the works you will study. You will be learning in small seminar groups complemented by personalised tutorial sessions. The seminars allow for engaging discussion with your peers and the tutor and you will be encouraged to think of artists' work from a range of perspectives. The learning is active and participatory and you'll have your preconceptions and ways of seeing challenged and expanded.
The tutorial sessions allow you to develop your own interests in a particular area of the subject. You will engage in your own independent research and then have the opportunity to test your ideas on a world-leading thinker!
Miles Kempton recently graduated with an MSc (with Distinction) in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Balliol College, University of Oxford. Previously, he studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London where he received numerous academic awards and graduated top of the Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. Miles’s principal interests lie in the history of the life sciences and the impact of Darwinism in Britain. He has given papers on a variety of topics, from the history of animal behavioural science in the nineteenth century to contemporary debates in animal ethics. In addition, Miles has just returned from seven months teaching English on the French Indian Ocean island of La Réunion.
James Harris is in the final year of his doctorate in History at Lincoln College, Oxford. Within the University of Oxford, he has taught undergraduates on literature and politics in early modern England, and lectured on the English Civil War and seventeenth-century print culture. His current research project explores the intersections of politics, religion, and identity in Cornwall and south-west Wales in the later Stuart period.
Marc Howard is a DPhil student in International Development at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He previously graduated from St Antony’s College, University Oxford with an MSc in African Studies (with Distinction), for which he won the Terence Ranger Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Performance. His doctoral research explores the histories of war veterans in Zimbabwe, and their role is forging its fledgling security institutions. He has recently presented his research in the UK and abroad, and his wider academic interests include development theory and practice, Cold War history, and war studies.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
Join us this summer! Study History of Art in Cambridge:
"The best part of my classes here would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay."
"The academic support I had during my time in Oxford Summer Courses was incredible, my tutor Professor James Harris was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had"
"The best thing about Fitzwilliam is the kind teachers, and the friendship I’ve built with the students here. I have also adapted to be surrounded by different people from many parts of the world and learnt a lot from the courses."
"I would love to do this course again in the future. Oxford Summer Courses is a place where you can make friends that live all over the globe. And a chance to explore Oxford, London, and enjoy all sorts of extracurricular activities."
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