The MA in Visual Culture fosters close analysis of 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 visual culture, and the issues that pertain to the historical study of visual culture as a discipline.
Students complement their studies in art history and visual culture with a module taken in another department, such as History, Geography, and Culture, Film and Media.
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 Visual Culture is supported by theNottingham 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 Visual Culture, you will gain valuable transferable skills, an advanced qualification in the discipline and have 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.
Optional Art History modules include:
In addition, students take one module in a department other than Art History, such as History, Geography, or Culture, Film & Media.
In preparation for researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation, students undertake a series of focused workshops to support their project throughout its development, from defining a research topic through to planning and writing the dissertation. Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor who will advise on the development of their project in a series of individual tutorials.
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