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School of Humanities

Dean of School

Jane Pavitt
Professor Jane Pavitt

The School of Humanities offers students the opportunity to develop their own practice in the fields of history, theory, writing and curating. The School has a distinctive and highly innovative research culture based upon its extremely close relationship to art and design practice. We play a vital role at the heart of College life. Our graduates go on to establish important careers in the arts worldwide: in museums and galleries, as freelance curators and writers, and as academics in universities. We are rightly proud of the impact they continue to have within the cultural sector.




Committed to advancing the understanding of the history and contemporary practice of art and design, staff in the School of Humanities are leading researchers in their fields of expertise, including prominent art and design historians, critics, curators and philosophers. Most combine teaching and research with careers as writers and curators. Areas of particular strength include the history of design, the curation of contemporary art, aesthetic theory, and art and design criticism. Research students in the School have been funded by national and international funding bodies, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


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