M.A. Art History

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,190 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,230 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This highly flexible programme offers you the opportunity to follow one of three pathways in Art History and Visual Culture. These pathways are:

MA Art History

* Renaissance to the Present Day
* Modern Art, Criticism and Display

MA Visual Culture

* Art, Photography and Film

You will be able to choose a pathway according to your personal interests in art history and visual culture. In essence, you will be working towards your dissertation throughout your MA pathway the modules you choose, the seminars you attend and the essays you write will all help you to form and articulate a viable and original dissertation project.

The MA Visual Culture 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. Its founding five-year plan centres on residencies for young artist-practitioners, a programme underpinned by contributions from distinguished visiting historians and theorists.


Art History: Renaissance to the Present Day
This MA Art History pathway will allow you to explore a variety of art of historical periods through different critical approaches to the subject.

The structure of this pathway is the most flexible of the three on offer.

The core module Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture covers a broad range of material and will enable you to meet and engage with students from other MA pathways.

You will then be able to take your remaining module credits from any of the MA modules offered by the Department of Art History. Special subject modules currently on offer include:

* Idiocy and Iconoclasm: contemporary art and the politics of subversion
* Postmodern Theory and Contemporary Art
* Landscape in Britain since 1800
* Word and Image in Nineteenth-Century Britain
* Body/Document: Surrealism & Photography
* Institutional Critique
* Renaissance Luxuries: Art and ood Living in Italy 1400-1600
* Rome Museum City

In addition, with permission from the Course Leader, you might also take one module from outside of the Department in areas such as Critical Theory, American and Canadian Studies (including Film Studies), English, Geography, History, and Classics.

Art History: Modern Art, Criticism and Display
This exciting new pathway draws on the Departments practical and theoretical expertise in the fields of modern and contemporary art.
As members of staff leading this course have worked alongside some of the worlds most prestigious public and commercial galleries, this pathway engages directly with this wealth of experience and provides a historical context for a deep critical engagement with contemporary practice.
Through this pathway, you will explore the central issue of the relationship between artistic practices, curatorial strategies, and criticism, raising critical questions in relation not only to works by modern and contemporary artists but the most important recent accounts of the politics of representation.
You will study core modules in Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture, and Criticism and Display.
In addition, you can choose from a range of special subject modules, which concentrate on 20th century and contemporary art and display. Currently modules include:

* Idiocy and Iconoclasm: contemporary art and the politics of subversion
* Postmodern Theory and Contemporary Art
* Body/Document: Surrealism & Photography
* Institutional Critique


2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent) Including: Degree subjects should be relevant to course applied for IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) TOEFL IBT: 100 with no less than 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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