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Application Process and Entry Requirements

How to Apply

It is easy to apply for the MA course via the University of Warwick's standard online postgraduate application form.

There is a deadline of 31 May for applicants intending to study in Venice who require a Schengen visa. Please note, however, that applying early will make it easier to find suitable accommodation in Venice.

The deadline is 31 July for applicants who will spend the autumn term at Warwick and who require a visa to study in the UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Sample of written work - All applicants must submit a sample of written work of 2,000 - 4,000 words on an art-historical or related topic (for example, historical, cultural-historical, literary, etc.) with their application. This should preferably be work submitted for your undergraduate degree.
  • Undergraduate degree transcript
  • IELTS certificate (or equivalent qualification) - this is only required for applicants whose first language is not English.

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Entry Qualifications

Applicants to the MA should hold a first or good upper second class honours degree in art history or an equivalent humanities subject. If your background is in art practice or a non-humanities subject, you may wish to consider our Graduate Diploma course, which is designed to prepare you for postgraduate study in art history.

English Language Requirement

If your first language is not English, you will be required to obtain a score of at least 7.0 in an IELTS test. We also accept a number of other English language tests. For further information, please visit our English language information and entry requirementsLink opens in a new window webpage.


Current fees can be found on our Fees and Funding webpage.

Please note that the MA in History of Art and Visual Studies begins on 16 September 2024. Students going to Venice will be required to arrange and meet the costs of accommodation, if needed, during the first two weeks of term and before travelling to Italy. Students will also have to pay for their flights to and from Venice, and accommodation in Venice during the autumn term.

Further Information

If you require any further information, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Giorgio Tagliaferro, G dot Tagliaferro at warwick dot ac dot uk, who will be very happy to answer your questions.