Art History, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The Art History programme is offered at the University of Nottingham. You will get a close analysis of art and visual culture across a broad chronological period and from a range of theoretical and historical approaches.

About

The MA Art History offered by the University of Nottingham fosters close analysis of art and visual culture across a broad chronological period from the Renaissance to the present day and from a range of theoretical and historical approaches. Students are encouraged to develop a rigorous critical approach that engages with the issues and debates that surround the production, display, and reception of art and its historical and social context. 
Postgraduate teaching draws directly on the current research of staff in the department and reflects an engagement with the latest art historical scholarship. Students are encouraged to develop independent research and critical thinking skills in order to produce original work on topics in their chosen field.

MA students are part of the lively research community in the Department of History of Art. The MA Art History is supported by the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC). The institute is concerned with all aspects of contemporary visual culture, as well as its histories, including fine art, public art and architecture; film, video and photography; digital multi- and mass media. In addition to their timetabled classes, students attend regular seminars and symposia hosted by NIRVC. They also take advantage of events and exhibitions at local art museums and galleries.

Key facts

  • This course has been designed to foster critical thinking and to develop your analytical skills – this is achieved by addressing a broad range of material.
  • You will be offered sessions devoted to research and presentation skills; these sessions are designed to offer you practical support as a postgraduate student.
  • When appropriate, seminars are held in the Djanogly Art Gallery, in the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Nottingham or Nottingham Contemporary.
  • The MA Art History is supported by the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture.

Careers

By studying art history, you will gain valuable transferable skills, an advanced qualification in the discipline and a rigorous foundation for further research and progression to PhD research, all of which will leave you ideally equipped for a range of careers.

Typically, our students are in great demand for their extensive knowledge of the subject and go on to employment within art galleries and museums.

Programme Structure

Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture (Autumn semester) explores a range of theoretical issues relating to the study of art history and visual culture. The module helps prepare students for the philosophical questions we need to address in order to undertake a historical analysis of images.

Criticism and Display (Spring semester) examines key issues relating to both curatorial and critical practices in the visual arts. In addition to classes examining the history of criticism and display, students have the opportunity to develop exhibition ideas and critical writing skills in response to gallery visits and sessions led by curators.

Optional modules include:

  • Landscape, Space and Place
  • Image and Identity
  • Visualising Conflict
  • Art and Spectatorship

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Home/EU students: Although most postgraduate courses do not formally close for applications, you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      1 year full-time | 2 years part-time

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
  • English scores are required

Tuition Fee

Please see university website for tuition fees.

Funding

UK/EU Students

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

International and EU studentsThe University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.