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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History

Course type


Course Summary

This course will develop essential skills, expertise and experience by choosing career path involves curating, exhibiting, criticism, collecting, art journalism or any other route. By studying the history of art through personal research and excellent tutorage you will engage in vigorous intellectual inquiry in the subject and delve deeply into your chosen specialism. The range of posts to which our graduates progress widens all the time. Our alumni have gone on to work: For designing companies; In museums and galleries; As art teachers; On education programmes in galleries; In gallery assistant posts; producing family-based learning activities in galleries and museums. Our graduates have also taken up exciting internships and traineeships with a variety of national and international organisations, progressed to further academic study (PHDs). Throughout this course you will develop a wide array of skills that will not only market you as a professional artist, but also as a mature individual with attractive skills and qualities for potential employers.

This course will encourage you to: Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work; Play an active, learning based role in the operation of the School's galleries; Hold up your work against scrutiny from tutors, peers, critics, and the public; Improve your capacity for conducting a critical review of yours and others' work through discussion, Forum seminars, presentation and writing; Improve your capacity for critical reading, discussion, presentation and writing, as well as developing an awareness of art practice in relation to art history and theory; Contribute to the School's academic knowledge of art and art history through your own research; Increase your critical faculties; Engage critically with contemporary art and art history; Undertake art historical research involving applied skills such as gallery education, cataloguing and database work, archive and oral history projects, or the curation of exhibitions; Develop study and research skills.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module prepares students for the practicalities of pursuing and maintaining Fine Art practice outside in the professional world. It identifies several activities or skills relevant to this objective: (a) teaching, (b) exhibition installation, and (c) self-promotion. In terms of: (a) Many artists supplement their income with part-time Fine Art teaching. To this end, the module provides rudimentary training and experience in key aspects art school teaching; (b) The module also recognises that, particularly in the early part of their careers, artists take responsibility the installation of their work in public spaces. In the context of the School's programme of visiting and originated exhibitions, students will be instructed in the technicalities and aesthetic principles of exhibition hanging and management; (c) Student's are also encouraged to develop a concept of self-identity as artists, and practical means by which they and their work may be presented to both the public and gallery curators.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £6,280 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £14,500 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good Undergraduate degree 2.1 (UK) (or above) in a related subject. Students are also required to provide a copy of an undergraduate dissertation, extended essay or a published article, together with a statement of the specific area(s) of interest in art history. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.