The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies was established in 1990 and it has grown steadily in staff and student numbers since then. Teaching takes place in the Barber Institute. This houses an excellent and representative collection of post-medieval European art. The Department is recognised internationally for both its high level of student satisfaction and the quality of its research output.
06 April 2022
The College of Arts and Law remains amongst the best performing research-intensive universities in the world, according to the 2022 QS World Rankings.
15 February 2022
A current History of Art student discusses her favourite things about the programme
06 October 2021
A New collection of 24 scholarly articles on Mary, last duchess of Burgundy, co-edited by Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange, covering topics such as Mary's involvement in politics, patronage and lots more has been released.
16 August 2021
For World Photography Day, MA Art History and Curating postgraduate student Sam Robinson discusses photography of British seaside towns
04 May 2021
Rachel Harpole, MA History of Art student, reflects on the Association for Art History Conference hosted by the University of Birmingham.
31 March 2021
The collaboration with cultural practitioners from 13 partner museums and galleries across the Midlands is launching the fourth issue of its open-access journal at an online event on 12 May 2021.
14 December 2020
A researcher from the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant as part of €655 million (£591 million) funding project.
12 November 2020
AHRC-funded studentships are now available for 2021 entry through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
Regional museums and galleries are key to maintaining vibrant cultural economies during this COVID19 crisis
02 November 2020
Jutta's project has now been advertised on the Midlands4Cities website. Potential applicants are encouraged.
02 October 2020
University of Birmingham partner project Midlands Art Papers explores representations of gender and sexuality in British art
10 September 2020
University of Birmingham ranked second in the UK for History of Art by The Guardian.
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We are proud to offer throughout the academic year a series of events and research seminars closely tied to the department academic work.
The Golovine is the official Blog for the Department and takes its name from one of the most popular artworks in the collection of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s c.1797 Portrait of Countess Golovine.
The official Facebook page for the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham.
How we are exploring issues of climate through the arts, humanities and law.
The College of Arts and Law is placed 67th in the Times Higher Education 2022 rankings, making it one of the best places for study and research in this field globally.