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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Renaissance Art Art History Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the Degree

The MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture is offered by the Warburg Institute in collaboration with the National Gallery, London. The programme combines the study of artworks and their cultural contexts with high-level linguistic, archive and research skills for a new generation of academic art historians and museum curators. The art historical and scholarly traditions of the Warburg Institute are linked to the practical experience and skills of the National Gallery to provide an academic programme which will equip students either as academic art historians with serious insight into the behind the scenes working of a great museum or as curators with the research skills necessary for high-level museum work.

The MA programme aims to:

  • Foster and develop student knowledge of and research into art, art history and curatorship.
  • Provide linguistic, archive and research skills to enable graduates of the programme to research, catalogue and curate works of art held in collections of national and international standing.
  • Build understanding of and ability to comment on primary source materials, both visual and textual.
  • Enable students to read academic papers and publications in European languages, and to undertake scholarly research at a high level and write up the results in an accurate and rigorous way.
  • Help students to acquire a familiarity with the principal sources of information in a variety of historical disciplines.

This programme provides an introduction to:

  • Museum knowledge;
  • Art history and Renaissance culture
  • Current scholarship and professional practice.

This programme is also available as a Master of Research (MRes) programme, suitable for those students who wish to undertake a substantial piece of original academic work, or a Postgraduate Certificate, ideal for students who wish to undertake further study but cannot commit to a full time master's degree. Please visit our website to find out more information.

Different course options

Full time | Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This course offers an introduction to the iconological study of Renaissance art. It focuses on figures, themes and narratives depicted in paintings, sculptures, prints and other visual media, and will unpack what these subjects tell us about social, political, cultural and religious attitudes from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries. Classes are devoted to religious art, including the critical analysis of the lives of the saints and the cult of the saints, and secular art, with topics including portraiture, mythology, allegory and literature. Italy is the main storehouse of imagery but our paths of investigation will extend well beyond to the rest of the Europe.
Methods and Techniques of Scholarship: Reading and Writing History - Core

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

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a non-UK institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course. I. In addition a reading knowledge of one European language and the desire to begin studying another