History of Art isn't just looking at a bunch of old pictures. The art that we make reflects us, and by studying History of Art we gain a greater understanding about how we express ourselves as human beings and how that has developed over time.

Art historians utilise a wide range of skills in critical analysis, historical sourcework and cultural understanding to analyse art from the medieval to the modern day. By studying History of Art at Sidney Sussex you will be joining a small, but tight-knit community that bonds through a love of art and the insightful analysis of it.

Undergraduate Study

Written work

We will not ask you to submit any written work as part of your application.

Admissions assessments

Applicants are required to take a written assessment.


Two interviews. The first will be a more general interview; the second will be subject-related.

Subject requirements
  • Learn about our standard entry requirements for History of Art on the University website.
  • At Sidney, we expect the A* at A-level or a Higher Level 7 grade to be achieved in an essay-based subject (and not, for example, in Art and Design). 
  • Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.
Beyond the syllabus

Are you excited to learn more about the subject by delving beyond the school syllabus? Explore our Beyond the syllabus resource hub to discover interesting websites, podcasts, videos, and books related to the subject you love!

Typical intake

1 - 2

Typical A-level offer


Typical IB offer

41-42 points overall, with 776 at Higher Level

Postgraduate Study

At the University of Cambridge applications for postgraduate study are processed centrally by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. The application form and supporting documents are submitted electronically via their website and the online self-service system, though academic decisions on applications are made by the Faculty or Department.


There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use the Postgraduate Admissions' Cambridge Funding Search to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. They also operate a Postgraduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

To find information about the funds available for postgraduate students at Sidney, visit our Studentships and funding page.

Useful links

Course directory | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Funding | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

How do I apply? | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

International students | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Opportunities to work, travel, and study

The College is able to offer financial support for a number of student pursuits including:

  • Professional and research internships
  • Study awards
  • Vacation travel
  • Arts and music
  • Sport

While it will not be possible to provide support in all cases, current students are strongly encouraged to apply if they have a project which would benefit from financial support.

Discover more on our Opportunities to work, travel, and study page.