In these hopeful new circumstances, their goal for 2021/22 is to provide students with traditional, safe, in-person teaching in St Andrews, and a high-quality online experience for any students studying remotely.
St Mary's is great - such a lovely community of people where staff respect the students and vice versa. Amazing conversations had inside and outside of the classroom.
Art History department has a selection of staff with amazing knowledge, but there is not much of a community feel and there seems to be quite a distance between staff and students. Staff aren't always very approachable.
I did art history and I loved it. Art's amazing and learning how to read it has enriched my life in ways I could have never imagined. The one issue is that we live in a country now where our own government has told artists, musicians and the people who support them that their expertise has no value and they need to retrain as something else to survive. I don't regret choosing to study the thing I love, but I can't lie and say that finding a job has been easy with it. Life is about more than money, so if you share that mentality go for it, but if you are eager to be the richest version of yourself in terms of money, then I would say Art History isn't the right course for you.
Content and themes are highly unique, very distinct and profound. Course delivery is also timely and thoughtful, It's not something you would commonly see in most university courses because of how niche / alternative it seems. I took a course on Nature and the Occult in the Late Middle Ages and it was magnificent! Teaching quality is very high where the professor is knowledgeable and are skilled at piquing students' interest and thinking through asking effective questions. There are a lot of direct interactions in the classroom and moderate group work to facilitate collaboration.