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Department of History of Art


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Are you keen to explore Art History in depth? Are you motivated by a challenge and do you like the idea of discussing your ideas with equally motivated students and teachers? If so, we’d love you to consider spending a week with us at Cambridge.

The Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer Schools are week-long, subject-specific residentials, where you live and study as a Cambridge student. You’ll stay in your own private student room within a Cambridge College, eat with other Summer School students in the canteens and socialise in the common rooms.

During the day, you’ll be in the History of Art department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. Classes in museums, galleries and libraries in front of artworks and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day will give you the chance to work with objects up-close. Later in the week, you will undertake a research project and take part in a Cambridge-style small-group ‘supervision’, experiencing the unique teaching that Cambridge University and the History of Art Department offer. There will be opportunities to meet current Directors of Studies and students, and ask questions about the application process and student life.

But it’s not all work. After you leave the departments, you’ll have time to explore Cambridge with your Summer School friends, and we’ll put on a host of activities for you. You’ll get to go on a chauffeured punt tour of the river Cam, take part in a range of sports and societies, and enjoy a ‘Formal Hall’ celebratory dinner and party on the final night.

By the end of the week, we hope that you’ll leave inspired by your subject, with new knowledge and skills which will stand you in good stead for your final year of school. We hope, too, that you’ll be able to make an informed decision about what you want to do next, whatever subject, university or route you’re considering.

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