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History of Art - Venice and Its Legacies - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

The MA in the History of Art at Warwick is a one year, full-time (or two years, part-time) taught course, offering an unparalleled introduction at postgraduate level to the art and culture of Venice. Based in Warwick's premises in Venice, the Palazzo Papafava, in the autumn term, and then on the Warwick campus, with trips to key national museums, the MA provides a unique opportunity for studying works of art in situ. As well as engaging with Venetian art in itself, the course uses the example of Venice to interrogate some of the broader issues in Art History today: aesthetics and perception; cultural interaction and the arts; the spatial contexts of art; architecture and urbanism; and the arts within a global society.


The course begins with a pre-sessional induction and introduction to the course. This takes place from mid-September, in the two weeks before the beginning of the autumn term, and allows students to get to know the department and the university before leaving for Venice. Students will be required to meet the costs of accommodation, if needed, during the introductory programme, as well as the cost of flights to and from, and accommodation in, Venice during the autumn term.

Core Modules:

  • Methods in Art History
  • Dissertation

There are no optional modules for this course.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Teaching is via small group seminars where you will be encouraged to reflect upon and discuss your preparatory reading on each topic. During the term in Venice wherever possible seminars take place out and about in the city and wider region. For the dissertation you work closely with your supervisor on a one to one basis to research and write on a topic related to your studies on the course.

The taught modules are assessed by written assignment on a topic developed in discussion with your module tutors. The dissertation is a substantial body of work the subject of which you will devise with guidance from your supervisor.

Graduate Destinations:

In the past three to four years, about 20% of our graduates have gone on to further study. Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Archivist, Gallery Interpreter, Marketing Co-ordinator, Front of House Manager, IT trainer.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

History of Art

Location of study

University of Warwick and Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.