History of Art and Design

From the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era to Mods and Rockers in the 1960s to the present day annual Brighton Festival, Brighton is a vibrant centre for the creative arts, popular culture and heritage with an international reputation.

If you’re interested in both art culture and the nature of everyday objects, then History of Art and Design will help you understand how the two are related, giving you an introduction to the materials, tools and approaches of production.

Our History of Art and Design BA(Hons) course offers you an exciting and stimulating range of study, featuring elements from all the courses on offer in our History of Art and Design programme. These include fine art, design, heritage, museum studies, photography, film and fashion.

The University of Brighton is one of the founding and leading institutions for research in Design History with professors who are world authorities in design history, material culture and dress history. Your tutors are leading scholars in their own fields involved in research into, for example, Feminist art curation, self and identity, the photography of scenes of conflict and postcolonial collecting and representation.

You’ll be working in an exciting environment where scholars at all levels are examining the intersection of visual and material culture and engaging with works of art and design, critiquing the use, production, preservation, cult-value and memorial importance of the things that societies and individuals have created. You'll get to understand different cultures, some familiar to you, others distant in time and place.

Through strong links with local and national museums that include the V&A, history comes alive through unique access to their collections and to those of our in-house Design Archives, Screen Archive South East and Textile and Dress Collection.

You’ll have hands-on placement opportunities in museums, art galleries and archives working closely with curators, education and learning officers, conservators, marketing professionals and museum managers and gain the necessary knowledge and skills for your future career.

See our graduate show handbook with details of final year dissertations (pdf 5.5Mb)

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