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Graduate Diploma in the History of Art

Course Description

Do you want to study the history of art at an advanced level but do not have a first degree in either art history or a related humanities subject?

Our Graduate Diploma is specifically designed for students whose background may not be in art history, but who wish to study the subject at a higher level. The Graduate Diploma provides an ideal bridge to further postgraduate study, and is designed to prepare students for the MA providing a strong foundation in history of art as a discipline. As a Diploma student you will be an integral part of the graduate and research community in the Department, and will able to attend departmental research events.

You can complete the Graduate Diploma in either nine months (as a full-time student) or over twenty-one months (part-time).

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Rosie Dias, who will be very happy to answer your queries.

Course Structure

In the Autumn term you take one module for credit. This is Practices of Art History, which introduces you to the history of the discipline and its diverse approaches, as well as fundamental theoretical questions involved in art-historical research. Alongside this, you will follow Academic Preparation for History of Art. This module is not for credit, but it is a compulsory and essential part of the course, allowing you to develop the necessary research skills required for postgraduate study in the discipline.

In the Spring term, you take two modules. The first of these is a second-year undergraduate 'long view' module, such as The Renaissance: North and South or Art and Disruption, 1900 to the present (depending on what is being taught that year). The second module will be an intensive special subject. Options in 2022-23 will be: Deconstructing Medieval and Early Modern Buildings; Leonardo: Art and Science; and Reality After Film. You also continue with Academic Preparation for History of Art and begin preparations for the research project.

In the Summer term you research and write an Independent Research Project of 8,000 words. You receive close guidance from members of staff when choosing your topic and in researching and writing up the project.

International students can also attend tailored tuition in English language. 

How to Apply

It is easy to apply to the Diploma using the online postgraduate application form. When completing the form, you should specify 'Diploma' as the degree that you wish to follow. You can apply here: Apply onlineLink opens in a new window


For more information on the course please see our Frequently asked questions