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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History

Course type


Course Summary

Art has the ability to challenge and sustain world views, cultures and identities. On this Master’s course you’ll explore that ability, delving into the rich and complex relationship between art and human experience throughout the modern period, from the 15th to the 21st century.

Your studies will draw on conceptual tools derived from a number of disciplines, including anthropology and philosophy as well as art history. In this wide-ranging programme, you’ll gain a deep understanding of art’s fascinating role within the long history of modernity.

You’ll have opportunities to study the world-famous collection of art held in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, itself a celebrated icon of modern museum architecture.


On this course you’ll study artistic production, visual representation and modern cultural experience. At the same time you’ll develop crucial skills in imaginative looking, critical thinking, robust writing and fluent, confident communication. You’ll expand and deepen your understanding of art in the modern period, develop your intellectual and professional skills, and study with outstanding students and academics.

Your studies will comprise four taught modules and a dissertation. In each module you’ll pursue a central theme in the art of the modern period. These include art’s relationship with identity and the body, the intersections between art, everyday life and urban experience, and the lively exchanges between art and scientific innovation. Your supervised dissertation will allow you to develop your specific areas of interest in a sustained way.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Dissertation will provide you with an opportunity to undertake detailed investigation of a topic relevant to the practice and theory of your degree programme. You will choose your own topic and devise your own line of enquiry, subject to the approval of the Course Director. You'll research and write your dissertation independently, though with the support and guidance of an appointed supervisor.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent in Art History Preferred.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries. Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more

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