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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Visual Arts Visual Communication Art History & Criticism

Course type


Course Summary

Foster critical thinking and develop your analytical skills through examining a broad range of visual culture.


You will examine art:

  • across a broad chronological period from the Renaissance to the present day
  • from a range of theoretical and historical approaches

through a wide range of topics including:

  • image and identity
  • exhibition histories
  • art and spectatorship
  • landscape, space and place.

You will be encouraged to develop a rigorous critical approach that engages with the issues and debates that surround the production, display, and reception of art and its historical and social context.?

Teaching draws directly on the current research of our staff and reflects an engagement with the latest art-historical scholarship.

You will develop independent research and critical thinking skills in order to produce original work on topics in your chosen field. You'll also have the opportunity to create a curatorial project proposal.

You will complement your studies in art history and visual culture with a module taken in another department, such as history or geography (staff will advise on availability and suitability).

MA students are part of the lively research community that links the department to the wider art-historical community across the university and beyond.


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.

Different course options

Full time | University Park Campus | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



You will choose a dissertation topic in consultation with the MA Course Convenor and an appropriate 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

2:1 (or international equivalent).