Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

History of art is a rich and dynamic discipline, combining the rigorous investigation of myriad art forms with the creative exploration of their connections to culture, politics and society. Postgraduate study in this area trains you at a high level in looking at, thinking about and researching art and its histories. Our teaching staff are conducting research in periods from medieval to contemporary, focusing on painting, sculpture, print culture, architecture, photography, digital art and museology. The programme exposes you to key art historical approaches, and allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods of particular interest to you, in early and modern (including contemporary) periods, through taught options and independent research. It develops your visual acuity and your understanding of art's histories, while stimulating critical debate and stretching your research skills. In addition to independent written work, you will take part in group discussion, give oral presentations and engage with the Department of History of Art's research culture . In all of this, you will work closely with our staff while also benefiting from our diverse and vibrant student body of all ages and backgrounds. The teaching programme is enriched by museum and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved as volunteers in research and community outreach activities. We offer taster events and information evenings for prospective students interested in our history of art programmes throughout the year.

Course Modules

Core module: Current approaches to history of art. Option modules may include: Architecture and spectacle in late medieval Europe; fashioning the body; gender, modernity and the city; inventing the Victorians; museums, memory and national identity; Rome: Place, continuity and memory; the book unbound

Course Additional Entry

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the 1'year part'time Graduate Certificate in history of art and architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. If you are in this position, you do not need to complete an admissions exercise. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert
1 year
Full Time
PgDip
2 years
Part Time
PgDip