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Course Structure


Depending on your choice, the course will begin either with a term in Venice or in Warwick.

In Venice, you will benefit from Warwick’s 40-year long association with the city and from the expertise of our staff in art and architecture, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. In the seminars, tutors will use their own research projects as the basis of their teaching to show you how you can identify and develop a promising research topic; how you can employ and capitalize on the existing critical literature to assess its relevance to your topic; how you can establish the appropriate structure of the research project with clarity; how you can use works of art as interpretative tools; and how to explore and apply a methodology and writing style suitable for your project. One-on-one meetings with your tutors will allow you to develop your assessment topics by drawing inspiration from works of art in situ, including the Biennale.

If you decide to spend the Autumn term in Warwick, you will take two of our Special Subject modules in an area of your choice from those available within or outside the department. Alternatively you will take one Special subject module and in addition your tutor will guide you in designing your own independent research project which should be focused on works of art in local museums, or buildings and monuments nearby or further afield in the UK.

During the Autumn term in Venice you will take two modules in medieval/early modern art, history and architecture
and/or in Modern/ Contemporary Art and/or architecture
In addition you will be able to take Italian Language classes appropriate to your current level at the University of Ca' Foscari subject to your timetable.

Or, if you spend the Autumn term in Warwick, you will take two modules:
Two Special Subjects
One Special Subject and an Independent Research Project

Please see the examples of modules for further information about modules that have been available in previous years.


In the Spring term in Warwick students take two further modules

  • Art History and its Methods
  • Special Subject (or possibly a module in another department)


In the Summer term and over the summer vacation, you will work closely with your supervisor on researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic related to your research interest.


In Warwick, the two weeks preceding the beginning of the Autumn term are induction weeks. During that period, you will take part in the different activities organized by the University and the department. This will allow you to become familiar with Warwick and our MA programme.

Please note: You are responsible for finding your own accommodation near the University during the two week induction if you are unable to travel to campus on a daily basis. You will also need to arrange your accommodation in Venice although if requested our Administrator in Venice can assist you in finding accommodation on the basis of your budget. You will be able to apply for University accommodation when you return to Warwick for the Spring and Summer terms. You are also responsible for your flight expenses to and from Venice. Cost of living and accommodation in Venice is roughly the same as in Warwick.

The MA course is also offered on a part-time basis, over two years. 


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