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History of Art (British Art) MA

History of Art (British Art) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Europe: Art Art History

Course type


Course Summary

Studying on our MA in British art you will investigate notions of national, imperial, cosmopolitan and global visual and material cultures; you’ll be able to engage with debates about British and European cultural identity. Our flexible degree programme is unique in the variety of works that you can study from painting, sculpture and architecture, through to graphic art, design and craft. You can explore photography, installation, performance and contemporary works engaging with new media, digital and other innovative technologies. You play an active role in building your degree, furthering your specialist interests, and designing exciting research projects. You can study works of art from different periods or focus on a specific period or issue. You will also develop a heightened methodological awareness, helping you to forge a more sophisticated understanding of how artworks create meaning and why some artworks have been deemed culturally more significant than others. The course enables you to develop advanced skills in verbal and written communication, and effective project management. Career opportunities includes: Museums, galleries and auction houses; Cultural management; Heritage and conservation; Journalism and media; Teaching; Academia; Education; Art administration.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module, you will be introduced to key concepts and cutting-edge methods of art historical research so to improve your understanding of artwork, to develop a critical attitude towards existing scholarship, to identify future fields of inquiry and to hone your communicative and digital skills. You'll also explore tools and methodologies specific to research in British art.

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

Applicants should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. We will consider applications from mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications if you have substantial related experience. We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds.