Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Photography has become the major form of image'making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. Its role in all fields of the arts and sciences, including those most personal, is being expanded, renewed and questioned by the mushrooming of digital culture. This programme enables you to learn about ' and to negotiate your individual path through ' historical and contemporary photographic cultures, in order to develop your interests, whether your engagement with the medium is academic, artistic, personal or vocational.

Course Modules

Core module: Current approaches to history of art. Option modules (choose 2): Art and identity: 'Race', ideology, culture; exhibiting the pain of others: Museums, violence and memory; fashioning the body; histories in transition: Visual culture, history and memory in South Africa and beyond; photography and the Brazilian 'image world' circa 1840'1950; photography and the index.

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 and 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
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
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