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MA in History of Art and Visual Studies


Are you interested in broadening your knowledge in the history of art but uncertain as to where your main interest lies? Are you looking for a degree that would offer you both flexibility and opportunity for exploration? Our new MA course in the History of Art and Visual Studies has been designed for promising students with an undergraduate degree in a humanities discipline who aim to develop their research skills by becoming acquainted with different periods and media in the history of art, and by taking an active part in research.

Our MA course will allow you to spend the Autumn term in Venice (October through the first week of December) with the opportunity to familiarize yourself with two main areas of research in art history: the medieval/early modern period and the modern/contemporary period. Your research activity in modern/contemporary art will focus on works of art on display in Venice: not only in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro, but in particular the Venice Biennale.

Alternatively, you can spend the Autumn term in Warwick and take two of our Special Subject modules (with topics usually ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary), or one Special Subject module and an independent research project, which you will design with the assistance of one of our specialized tutors.

In the Spring term, you will take a core module in Methods of Art History (to help you prepare your MA dissertation) and a Special Subject module of your choice, which you can replace with an MA module outside the department.

During the Summer term, you will focus on your dissertation, and will take part in our Postgraduate Research Day, where you will give a paper related to your ongoing research.

Our MA course is simply unique: we are the only department of art history in the UK to offer a whole term of research and study in Venice centered on both the most important event in contemporary art and architecture, the Venice Biennale, and the most monumental works of art and architecture ever created in Italy.

In Warwick, we are committed to helping you learn to carry out research at the highest level. Above all, we want to make sure that, by the end of the degree, you will have found your own specialized interest, wherever it lies, either in art theory or the practices of art history, whether you are more drawn to the cultural, social, or historical meaning and functions of the visual arts and architecture.

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