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History of Art at Sidney

History of Art at Cambridge

The History of Art course immerses students in a wide spectrum of art and architecture, from the medieval to modern periods. By studying this course you will develop a breadth and depth of understanding of art and architecture, as well as honing your critical and analytical skills. Students at Cambridge benefit from the university's many resources, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard and college art collections.

History of Art at Sidney

Sidney Sussex welcomes applications for History of Art. Our Director of Studies is Dr Frank Salmon, University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art,  and a Fellow of St John's College. He specializes in the history of post-medieval British architecture.


Director of Studies (DoS)

Dr Frank Salmon (external DoS)

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.

Typical Intake

1 - 2

Standard Entry Requirements

A*AA at A Level

41-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

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.

No specific subjects are preferred. At Sidney, we expect the A* to be in an essay-based subject (and not, for example, in Art and Design). 

Admissions Process

Written work

Two essays, written about any aspect of art or architecture. We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions Assessments

At-interview assessment. Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


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

Find out more

Department of History of Art

University website History of Art course page


Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (