Field trips with BA (Hons) Art History

You gain skills in visual literacy and analysis by engaging directly with paintings and objects in museums in our area, in London and abroad. 

We are lucky to have excellent galleries, museums and country estates nearby, from Tate St Ives to National Trust properties such as Saltram House. Every term we run a field trip to London, and in your second year, you'll take the week-long international field trip module where we conduct specialist teaching and research in front of the objects themselves. Past destinations have included Florence, Rome, Paris and Vienna, and students always identify the field trip as a highlight of their course.

2016 - Washington, DC

The BA (Hons) Art History field trip in 2016 will be to Washington, DC. Study visits will include the National Gallery of Art (to see works by Van Eyck, Botticelli, Raphael, Vermeer, Goya, Delacroix, Degas, Rodin, Munch, Jasper Johns and more), the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Holocaust Museum, the White House and the Washington Monument. 

You will engage intensively during five days with the rich cultural and political history of the American capital, creating video diaries for use within local schools in Plymouth on your return. Students consistently cite the benefits of the international field trip module for their future employability.

2015 - New York City field trip

Our first overseas visit to America was to New York City. Our entire second year group spent five days on intensive study visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim Museum, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. Students pioneered the making of short film diaries to be used in local schools in Plymouth and benefitted from art history master classes from Dr Jody Patterson, Dr Elizabeth Tingle and Dr Jenny Graham, as well as two New York-based scholars: the international museum studies expert Carol Duncan (author of 'Civilising Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums') and Professor Andrew Hemingway, Emeritus Professor, University College, London, who specialises in the art and politics of the United States. For more information about field trips, please contact our admissions tutor, Dr Jenny Graham.