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History of Art and Visual Studies - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

This is a research-based MA course, aiming to prepare students for specialised post-graduate research in the fields of Art History and Visual Studies. You will be given the opportunity to explore 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.

You will be allowed to choose your own pathways to prepare for your dissertation studies.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

  • Methods in Art History
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

This is a new programme so the optional modules have not yet been set. These will be published as soon as they are available.

For more information about this course and the modules available please visit the department website.

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


  • Small group seminars where you will be encouraged to reflect upon and discuss your preparatory reading on each topic.
  • When the opportunity arises seminars will be taken out of the classroom and artworks will be studied in situ.
  • For those who study 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.

Contact Hours:

4-8 hours per week depending on the modules being taken.

Class Sizes:

Seminars of 3-14 depending on the module being taken


  • Written assignment on a topic developed in discussion with your module tutors
  • Dissertation

As this is a new programme, our first cohort of students have yet to graduate.

Graduates from our History of Art programme have gone into the following careers:

  • Art Management
  • Customer Relations Officer
  • Press Officer

We anticipate that many of our graduates from this programme will continue to PhD study.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

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

English Language requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of study

History of Art

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

See Student Finance


In 2017/18, we allocated approximately £36 million in scholarship funding to postgraduate students. The University is also part of a number of prestigious government Scholarship schemes, including Chevening, Fulbright, Commonwealth and Marshall. For more information visit click here.

Additional Course Costs

Students who elect to study in Venice in the Autumn term will need to purchase the return ticket to Venice (flights vary by airline from c. £100-£250) and monthly tickets to move around Venice. Students might expect to pay £20-£50 pcm more on accommodation in Venice than they would do in Leamington Spa.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.