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About our courses

If you are looking to widen and strengthen your knowledge of art, enjoy stimulating discussions and develop your own critical responses, these History of Art courses are for you. We run day schools, weekend courses and weekly courses, as well as part-time qualifications leading to full University of Cambridge awards.

View our full range of History of Art courses

Undergraduate Certificate

Certificate in History of Art: Classical to Renaissance Register Interest
Certificate in Historic Building Conservation - new for 2019 Register Interest

Our Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4 (roughly equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. These are entry level qualifications and are designed to kick off your history of art studies. Many certificate students go on to study higher level qualifications, such as a diploma, following completion of a certificate.

Undergraduate Diploma

Diploma in History of Art: Renaissance and Baroque Register Interest

This Diploma course is taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. Diplomas are open entry, meaning that you can begin your study of history of art at Diploma level, although background knowledge at Certificate level is recommended.

Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Register Interest
Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Register Interest

Our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas are research-based courses (FHEQ level 6), which give you the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your field. You will be introduced to a research community and will begin to forge an identity as a researcher in your own right.

Short and online courses in History of Art

You can view our short and online courses in History of Art here.

History of Art Summer Programme

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme - Applications open mid-December 2020

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

History of art tutors

Dr Lydia Hamlett

Dr Lydia Hamlett is Academic Director in History of Art at the Institute of Continuing Education and a Fellow and Director of Studies at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is writing a book on mural painting in Britain in the long seventeenth century (Routledge 2019). 

Lydia previously worked in the museums and heritage sectors, including at Tate, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard and the National Trust. She co-founded, and is on the steering group for, the British Murals Network. Lydia’s PhD (2006) was on ecclesiastical art and architecture in Venice in the Renaissance and she has supervised undergraduates at the University of Cambridge since 2003 on a broad range of subjects.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

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Find out more

For more information about any of these qualifications courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.