Department of History of Art

Research culture and training

The vibrant research culture of the Department contributes to the popularity of the programmes, which is evident in both a consistent record of attracting and retaining doctoral students, and a steady increase in MA applications.

Our staff not only publish and curate internationally, but contribute to the life of the Department through conferences and symposia held at the University. Key areas of overlapping research that continue to provide a rich context for graduate study include:

  • Nationalism and cultural difference
  • Revolutionary politics and the representation of ruins
  • American visual culture
  • Representations of landscape
  • Post-war drawing
  • Representations of the everyday
  • Politics of collaboration

Research in Art History within the University is supported by the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC), a forum for the presentation of research by and to postgraduate students. 


The Graduate School

On joining the University, you will receive automatic membership of the Graduate School,  a unique facility for our postgraduate students, which provides a range of facilities, training opportunities and support, as well as workshops and events to enhance the postgraduate experience and help you to develop a range of transferable skills.

Workshops and events

The Graduate School runs a series of events throughout the year including:

  • Careers workshops – including advice on planning your career following your postgraduate studies
  • Recruitment events – to meet potential employers and learn about the opportunities for research careers
  • Insider knowledge events – providing in-depth information on postgraduate issues, including how to apply for and make yourself more eligible for specific funding
  • Social events – including the ever-popular Coffee, cake and catch up gatherings

Research Training Programme

The experience of undertaking research for the first time can be very different to undergraduate study – and rather daunting. The Graduate School is able to offer support in making this transition. Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School’s dedicated training team offers core training in line with Research Councils UK standards.

All registered research students are offered training including:

  • generic research skills
  • IT skills
  • communication skills
  • career management
  • teaching


Arts Graduate Centre – Researcher Portal

The Arts Graduate Centre (ACG) is a platform which supports postgraduate students in the Arts Faculty, by offering a wide range of training opportunities. The Centre aims to enhance the research environment for postgraduates and contract research staff in the Faculty of Arts by working with postgraduates and contract research staff to plan, deliver and review activities which develop skills, support their research work and enhance their employability.

The Researcher Portal is a University intranet dedicated to promoting new cross-disciplinary collaborations and fostering existing interdepartmental collaborative structures. There you will find:

  • The latest information about what’s happening in the AGC.
  • A searchable research profile area where you can create your own profile and find out what other PG students are doing.
  • An online forum where you can share your questions, ideas and needs.
  • A calendar with all Faculty and PGSA events.
  • Information about funding, placements, conferences and much more…

Download the Researcher Portal brochure (pdf) to find out more about the Arts Graduate Centre Researcher Portal and to get started on your own researcher profile.

Language courses

The Language Centre offers language modules, in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, to postgraduates and staff from all departments.


Department of History of Art

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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