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MA in History of Art and Visual Studies

Course Description


Our new MA in History of Art and Visual Studies is a flexible programme designed to allow you to shape your studies according to your interests and ambitions. The Taught MA at Warwick offers:

  • The chance to spend a term studying in Venice
  • Research training to prepare you for PhD study
  • Focus on a particular period of history or sample a wide range of topics

This flexibility begins with location: you can either spend your first term studying and living in Venice – we are the only department in the country to offer this – or you can pursue all your studies at Warwick, if you prefer to take advantage of teaching and research opportunities here in the UK.

Venice Term


If you choose to spend the autumn term in Venice, you will have classes at our premises in Venice and seminars in situ, examining modern and contemporary art and architecture in the city - not least at the Venice Biennale, the most important of all contemporary exhibitions - and major historical works of art and architecture in the city and surrounding locations. You will then return to Warwick for the spring and summer terms.

You can find more information about the Venice term here, and further details of our activities in Venice here.

Autumn Term at Warwick


If you choose to undertake all your study at Warwick, your modules will include trips to major collections and museums in addition to seminars in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to engage in our rich programme of research events, including talks given by members of staff and visiting speakers, workshops and symposia, on a wide range of topics.

We also offer flexibility in the content of your course, allowing you to shape your MA study to suit your interests and ambitions. You may choose to expand your knowledge broadly, studying topics from the medieval to the present day, or you may prefer to focus on a particular period, such as modern and contemporary art or the Renaissance.

Choose your Method of Study


Whichever option you choose, we are committed to helping you learn to carry out research at the highest level. Our MA is designed to prepare you for PhD study, but will also develop the professional and critical skills needed for many careers.

The MA in History of Art and Visual Studies can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

You can find more details of the course structure here.

If you require any further information about the MA in History of Art and Visual Studies, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Michael Hatt, who will be very happy to answer your questions.

How to Apply


It is easy to apply for the MA course via the University of Warwick's standard online postgraduate application form. You can find details of our entry requirements and the application process here.