The MA Art History 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.
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.
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.
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