The School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music offers its students prestigious learning environments to ensure a first-rate student experience.

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History of Art students will study in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The gallery has a collection of over 150 paintings, stunning pastels and watercolours by artists such as Monet, Magritte, Renoir, Botticelli, Turner and Van Gogh.

Our students also have access to more than 800 drawings and prints, a fine collection of sculptures - including works by Degas and Roubiliac - decorative art and portrait miniatures. In addition, the Barber also has one of the finest collections of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval coins in the world.

Meanwhile, our Music students will study within our £16 million Bramall Music Building, which contains the 450-seat Elgar Concert Hall. Its acoustics can be configured for performances ranging from solo recitals to a full symphony orchestra, our 200-strong University Choir and the electroacoustic studio’s 100-channel sound diffusion system, known as the BEAST.

Most excitingly, the Elgar Concert Hall is home to a beautiful pipe organ - the first to be built in this country by the renowned French builder Marc Garnier.

"Professor Edward Elgar, the University’s first Professor of Music, paved the way for our long musical tradition in which music plays a major part in the fabric of the institution and its relationship with the world."
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

These world-class facilities show our commitment to providing students with the best possible learning environment to ensure their success, both academically and in their future careers.