Selection Criteria

Admission to the degree for the fourteen students per year will be highly competitive.

The following criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates for the B.A. (Hons) in the History of Art.

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Conceptual clarity
  • Flexibility (that is, the capacity to engage with alternative perspectives and/or new information)
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Critical engagement
  • Capacity for hard work
  • Enthusiasm for the visual arts
  • Evidence of the potential to develop an art historical imagination (that is, the ability to ground an argument in visual analysis and to make connections where relevant between art works and their historical context) 

Candidates will be assessed against these criteria on the basis of information derived from the following sources:

  • UCAS forms, including in particular personal statements, school reports, qualifications achieved and qualifications predicted
  • written work submitted by candidates (which will include a marked essay from one of their A-level or equivalent further education courses and a 750-word response to a piece of art, architecture or design, interpreted in the broadest sense, to which they have had first-hand access)
  • performance in interviews
  • comparison, in all these areas, with other candidates

Every effort will be made to take into account the special needs or particular circumstances of all candidates in making judgments on these matters. Within these general criteria, the assessment of written work and interviews is guided by more specific criteria.