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History of Architecture (Postgraduate Diploma)

History of Architecture (Postgraduate Diploma)

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Architectural History History

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Birkbeck's Postgraduate Diploma in History of Architecture explores built and designed objects, their social, economic and political contexts, their connections to culture and thought, and their urban and landscape settings. This course will train you at a high level to look at, think and write about and research architecture and its fascinating histories.

You will discover varied approaches to the study of architecture, and the programme allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods that you find particularly interesting. Through option modules, you can choose to study the early and modern - including contemporary - periods and range across a variety of geographic places. You will improve your visual and spatial acuity, deepen your knowledge of architecture's histories, and hone your ability to understand and contribute to stimulating critical debates. You will also improve your research skills.

This programme offers you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in the history and theory of architecture, interiors and cities. You will work closely with them, while also benefiting from being part of our diverse and vibrant student body, which includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Teaching is enriched by walks and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved in research and community outreach activities.

This programme is ideal if you are interested in studying the history of architecture at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA. This flexible evening study programme allows you to explore your passion for architecture and its histories and you can go on to complete our MA History of Architecture, if you wish.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in the heritage and museums sector, media and education. Possible professions include heritage professional, museum/gallery curator, arts administrator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Modules

This module introduces you to current theoretical and historiographic issues in the study of art history, including the specialist disciplines of history of architecture and history of photography. It consists of four integrated elements, which lay the foundation for your progress through the programme. Lectures explore key issues for the history of art, architecture and photography now, including institutions, space, materiality, the global, power, reception, identity and collectivity. Work in Focus seminars analyse individual artworks, photographs or buildings through discussion. Historiography seminars map the formation of history of art, architecture and photography and grapple with some of its key texts. And research skills classes provide guidance on research, the framing of questions, the construction of arguments, and academic writing techniques.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£5,880

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£10,680

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more