Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. It is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Apart from opening the door to a fascinating and varied region, knowledge of Arabic provides access to the rich intellectual heritage of Islam. History of Art will introduce you to art from different periods and cultures. You will learn how and for whom works of art were made. You will explore their meaning and the ways they were, and continue to be, interpreted. The School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures and Edinburgh College of Art, are each recognised in the UK and internationally as leading institutions in their respective subjects.