M.A. Visual Culture

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15140 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP6220 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
This highly flexible programme offers you the opportunity to follow one of three pathways in Art History and Visual Culture.



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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP15140 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP6220 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

The MA Visual Culture pathway Art, Photography and Film will introduce you to the new and fast-growing intellectual field of Visual Culture by examining the histories, theories and practices of cultural production and consumption of visual images / objects in the contemporary and modern world. Western and, increasingly, global culture is dominated by the visual images, whether material or virtual, and by visual experience.

This pathway works through an exciting interdisciplinary framework you will be encouraged to connect your studies across visual arts, architecture, film, cultural studies and critical theory, cultural geography and history.
You will have the opportunity to concentrate on the modern period (post-1750), as well as the option to use your modules from a range of disciplines in which visual culture is a key research focus.

The core module Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture covers a range of theoretical issues relating to the study of art history and visual culture. The objective is to help you consider both the practical demands of research and the philosophical questions we need to address in order to undertake a historical analysis of images. In particular, the course is designed to foster critical thinking and develop analytical skills.

The material we cover on this module is extensive and includes: the contemporary debate between art history versus visual culture; ways of looking; the construction of the artist; histories of the image; the culture industry; and, issues raised by psychoanalytic and feminist criticism. As such the readings and images under discussion are diverse, from Vasari to Amelia Jones, and from Bernini to Maurizio Cattalan. You will also be asked to attend weekly meetings to share your ideas and debate the issues arising from the reading and visual materials set by the staff.

Although this pathway is offered by the Department of Art History, you will be required to take one module in the Institute of Film Studies. You will also be eligible with the permission of the Course Leader to take modules from other Schools within the Faculty of Arts.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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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

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