Exploring the galleries of Venice

A group of students in front of a painting by Jackson Pollock
History of Art and Museum Studies students and staff in the Guggenheim Museum in Venice

After arriving in Venice and settling in for the night, my Level 4 students had an exciting culture-filled few days ahead of them looking around many of Venice’s galleries, including a visit to the world famous Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim has a vast range of permanent collections, from Dali to Pollock, and amazing world-class exhibitions throughout the year. Students were lucky enough to get free entry and a free guided tour which they all thoroughly enjoyed, definitely a trip highlight.

Rhianna Atkinson
“Venice was an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. In the few days I was there I experienced lots of Venetian culture and I intend to go back. The highlight of my trip was definitely visiting the Guggenheim and seeing Salvador Dali’s work in person. It also gave me an opportunity to get to know my classmates a little more.”

Emma Donnelly
“It was the first time I’ve been to Venice and it did not disappoint. The Guggenheim was my favourite as being able to see the brush strokes of some of my favourite artists and favourite paintings was unreal.”

Eileen Perry
“Venice was an incredible experience. Visiting the Peggy Guggenheim exhibition was mind-blowing, seeing paintings we had studied and having a great guide to tell us about them. The Venetians were warm and friendly and I would love to return and explore even more.”

This is just one of the many study trips on offer that attracts students to this course, from visiting local galleries such as the Walker and the Lady Lever to trips abroad. Thanks to our formal partnership with the Guggenheim, each year two students from Level 5 are offered the chance to work and live in Venice for a month. They will learn curatorial, archival, research and museum education skills; allowing students to visit their potential future workplace is a real eye-opener and increases enthusiasm and interest for this unique placement opportunity enormously. 

These special opportunities ensure that the students who graduate from us leave with a full understanding of the world of art history and a wide range of high-quality transferable skills that set them apart from graduates of other universities.

History of Art and Museum Studies is a flexible undergraduate course which develops students’ interests and skills in curating, art history and museum studies, with work placements and internships playing an integral role. 

The course is also available with a Foundation year programme for applicants who may not have the necessary entry requirements to join the full programme in year one.


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