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Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London

We offer full and part-time evening courses in History of Art, Museum Studies and the History and Theory of Photography.
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Welcome to Birkbeck

Department of History of Art

21 September – 27 October: Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin

Come along to our free exhibition in the Peltz Gallery.

News from our head of department

Opening up Art History: 50 Years at Birkbeck

See our anniversary events for 2017/18

Our research centres

Find out more about our research centres and networks, focusing on photography, architecture, Eighteenth-Century Studies, digital technologies and more...

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See all our our Art History courses here.

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Our Departmental blog covers current affairs, conversations and commentary on events.

Professor Lynda Nead elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

Professor Nead is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship, having been chosen in recognition of her work on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British visual culture.

Grant success for research students

Two of our first-year research students have recently had great success in applications for major public awards.

Birkbeck Art History title shortlisted for major book prize

Professor Lynda Nead’s ‘The Tiger in the Smoke’ has been shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2018.

18 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Critical thinking for Undergraduate study 2018

Translate your everyday critical reasoning skills into the analytical thinking skills needed for your first year of undergraduate studies

19 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Critical thinking for Postgraduate study 2018

Learn the skills you need to advance your critical thinking and research to the level expected for postgraduate study.

20 September 2018 - 18:00: Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin exhibition launch and private view

Day for Night is a multimedia exhibition inspired by the life and thought of Frankfurt School intellectual Walter Benjamin

20 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Critical thinking for Postgraduate study 2018

Learn the skills you need to advance your critical thinking and research to the level expected for postgraduate study.

21 September 2018 - 09:00: Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin

Day for Night is a multimedia exhibition inspired by the life and thought of Frankfurt School intellectual Walter Benjamin