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Course Structure

The structure of your course will depend on whether you choose to spend the spring term in Venice or Warwick.

Please note that the course start date for the MA in History of Art and Visual Studies is 21 September 2020 for both Venice and Warwick-based options, and for both full-time and part-time study.

While the Venice term will be spring in academic year 2020-21, applicants for 2021-22 should note that the Venice term will be in autumn in that year.

If you have any questions about the course and its content, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Michael Hatt, who will be very happy to answer your questions.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE WITH VENICE TERM 2020-21


Autumn Term (in Warwick )

The autumn term begins on 21 September 2020, and you will take two modules.

The first of these is the core module Art History and Its Methods. This covers a wide range of theoretical and methodological topics, and is explicitly designed to support your preparation and research for the dissertation

You will also select one other module from the choices available, which will cover a wide range of historical and thematic options.

It is also possible to take your second module outside the department, for instance, in Philosophy, Classics, or the Centre for Renaissance Studies, if you want to shape your degree in a more multi-disciplinary manner. Please note that this option will require the approval of the department in question.

Alongside your two modules, you will follow Academic Preparation for History of Art, a course for taught postgraduate students that focuses on skills needed for high level art historical research, such as critical engagement with secondary literature and rhetoric and writing. This module is not for credit – that is, it does not count towards your final mark – but it is an essential part of the course, and provides support for all you work on the MA.


Spring Term (in Venice)

You travel to Venice at the beginning of January, and in Venice you will take two further modules.

The module choices for 2020-21 will be:

  • Research in Renaissance/Early Modern Art and Architectural History
  • Research in Modern/Contemporary Art and Architectural History
  • Exhibiting the Contemporary

Students wishing to focus exclusively on the Renaissance will have the option of choosing a module taught by colleagues from the Department of History as their second module.

These choices enable you either to cover a wide range of historical material from the Renaissance to the present day, or to focus on a particular period, either modern/contemporary art or the Renaissance and early modern periods.

In addition you will also be required to take Italian Language classes for beginners at the University of Ca' Foscari. These classes are useful not only for your studies, but also for living in Venice. Intermediate students may be able to study at a more advanced level if the timetable allows.

Please note that the Venice term includes an induction programme at Warwick in mid-September. This enables you to acquaint yourself with the department and the university before heading to Venice. It also includes preliminary classes for your modules, discussion of logistical matters for the Venice term, and, most importantly, a chance to get to know your teachers and fellow students before heading off to Venice.

You can find more information here about Warwick in Venice and the MA Venice Term.


Summer Term (in Warwick)

The summer term is devoted to the dissertation.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of scholarly research on a topic you devise in collaboration with your supervisor. You will have regular supervisions, and will also present your ideas at our annual Postgraduate Symposium.

COURSE STRUCTURE WITHOUT VENICE TERM 2020-21


The MA at Warwick is designed to offer you flexibility in your choices, so that you can either cover a wide range of topics and historical period or focus on a particular period, such as modern and contemporary art. Either way, our MA also develops the research skills and methods needed to pursue art-historical research at an advanced level.

Please note that the start date for the MA in History of Art and Visual Studies is September 21, 2020.


Autumn Term

In the autumn term you will take two modules.

The first of these is the core module Art History and Its Methods. This covers a wide range of theoretical and methodological topics, and is explicitly designed to support your preparation and research for the dissertation

The second is chosen from a selection of modules, which will include options in medieval/Renaissance, in early modern, and in modern/contemporary art. It is also possible to take one of your modules outside the department, for instance, in Philosophy or Classics, if you want to shape your degree in a more multi-disciplinary manner. Please note, that this option will require the approval of the department in question.

Alternatively, you could replace your second module with the Independent Research Project. This would involve working closely with a supervisor to research and write a focussed scholarly essay on, for instance, a particular artwork, building or collection or on a specific theoretical question.

Alongside your two modules, you will follow Academic Preparation for History of Art, a course for taught postgraduate students that focuses on skills needed for high level art historical research, such as critical engagement with secondary literature and rhetoric and writing. This module is not for credit – that is, it does not count towards your final mark – but is an essential part of the course, and provides support for all you work on the MA.


Spring Term

In the spring term you take a further two modules; again, the choice will include topics from the Renaissance to the contemporary.

If you have not taken a module in another department in the autumn term, you will have the option of selecting one of those as your second module for the spring (depending on the approval of the department in question).

You will continue with the Academic Preparation module, in order to develop further your research skills.


Summer Term

The summer term is devoted to the dissertation.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of scholarly research on a topic you devise in collaboration with your supervisor. You will have regular supervisions, and will also present your ideas at our annual Postgraduate Symposium.

PART-TIME STUDY


If you take the MA part-time, over two years, you take one module in the autumn term and in the spring term of the first and second years, and then research and write your dissertation in the summer term and vacation of the second year:

It is possible to take the MA part-time with the Venice term. For those commencing study in September 2020, this will involve spending either the autumn term of the second year in Venice, where you will take two modules (as for full-time study). You then take one further module in the autumn and spring terms of the first year. You write your dissertation in the summer term and vacation of the second year.

If you have any questions about part-time study, please contact Professor Michael Hatt, our Director of Graduate Studies.

 

 

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