Are you passionate about studying art at university? Interested in learning more about the ‘great masters’, or comparing artistic movements from different historic periods and cultures? Or perhaps you’re a budding artist yourself, keen to develop your own skills and artistic vision under the guidance of expert teachers. Roughly speaking, this sums up the two main types of art degree available...
Types of art degrees
The majority of university art course fall within one of two main types of art degrees: History of Art (or Art History) and Fine Art (or Applied Art).
The first group of degrees, History of Art/Art History, seek to nurture students’ ability to understand and analyse artistic artefacts from different perspectives – cultural, historical, philosophical and so on.
The second group, Fine Art/Applied Art, focus on developing the students’ own artistic skills. Again, this usually involves cultivating students’ awareness and understanding of different artistic trends and techniques, but much more practical work is involved.
In addition to these two traditional pathways, a range of much younger art courses have also sprung up, in response to changes in society which mean new media and new types of artistic creativity in demand. Examples include degrees dedicated entirely to subjects such as photography, illustration, animation and computer or digital arts.