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European Art History

Through lectures, visits, discussion groups and studio-based workshops, this module offers you the opportunity to engage with the art, history and culture of London and Berlin.

Students joining an integrated Study Abroad Programme at UAL have the opportunity to add the European Art History module to their programme, either at the start of the Autumn term or the end of the Spring term.

The European Art History module is based at Chelsea College of Arts and offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance.

Through focusing on specific themes and artefacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it aims to equip students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. The course interweaves lectures with seminar discussions and gallery visits to create a fluid and engaging learning experience.

European Art History is an intense module with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self-directed study. It offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.


The European Art History module is worth 3 credits.

The module is accompanied by a course handbook, which you and your home institution should use to determine credit transfer:

European Art History Handbook (PDF 188KB)

The European Art History module will be included on the record of study that you will receive at the end of your time abroad.

    Autumn 2021:

    European Art History will not run in Autumn 2021. Apply for Creative Industries London instead.

    Spring 2022:

    21 March 2022 – 8 April 2022 |   Monday - Friday  |  10am - 4pm  |  3 Weeks  |  £2260  |  LocationChelsea College of Arts

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In week 2 of this course, you will go on a four day tutor-led trip to Berlin.

Why Berlin?

Berlin combines a wealth of historic museum collections with a rapidly expanding, young and exciting art scene. The city has been the creative centre of Germany for at least 100 years, a status only intensified by its geographic isolation during the Cold War.

Significant chapters in the history of Dada and the Bauhaus were played out here. German Expressionist cinema developed in the early decades of the 20th Century.

The recent renovation of the Reichstag (parliament) building and the opening of Daniel Libeskind's extraordinary New Jewish Museum demonstrate how the city is uniquely alive to its history, the darker periods included, and a home to innovative design.

Berlin is the crossroads of modern European history from Napoleon to Hitler to the Cold War; this history is legible in its architecture.

Included in the course fee:

  • Return flights to Berlin
  • Accommodation in shared en-suite rooms
  • Central Berlin travel pass
  • Entry to museums and galleries

Irene Montero

PhD candidate at University College London's History of Art department with a thesis on contemporary art exhibitions and the 9/11 wars.

Irene holds an MA in History of Contemporary Art (Manchester University) and an MFA (University of Vigo). She has previously worked in contemporary art publishing, as Managing Editor of the Spanish independent project Brumaria.

Dr Rosa Nogués

Associate Lecturer in Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts.

Dr Nogués obtained her PhD in 2013 at the Centre of Research in Modern European Philosophy (Kingston University). She has lectured at Central Saint Martins (London), Middlesex University (London) and the Universität für angewandte Kunst (Vienna). Her writing has been published in n.paradoxa, Revista Mundo Crítico and the Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ).

What our students say

Matthew Quinlan, University of Hartford

This was the best art history course I have taken within my three years at university. We went to a museum almost daily and saw what we had talked about in class that morning. Whenever I tell people about my Study Abroad experience, the first thing I talk about is this amazing course.