Are you interested in broadening your knowledge in the history of art but uncertain as to where your main interest lies? Are you looking for a degree that would offer you both flexibility and opportunity for exploration? This research-based MA course, aims 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'll be able to choose your own pathways with a view to your dissertation topic.
As part of the MA course you can spend the Autumn term in Venice (October through the first week of December) while familiarizing yourself with two main areas of research in art history: the medieval/early modern period and the modern/contemporary period. While there, your research activity in modern/contemporary art will focus on works of art on display in Venice: not only in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro, but in particular the Venice Biennale.
Alternatively, you can spend the Autumn term in Warwick and take one of our Special Subject modules (with topics usually ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary), in addition to an independent research project, which you will design with the assistance of one of our specialized tutors.
Autumn term (in Venice):
- Research in Medieval or Early Modern Art
- Research in Modern or Contemporary Art
Autumn term (at Warwick):
- Independent Research Project
- Special Subject
- Art History and its Methods
- Deconstructing Medieval and Early Modern Building
- East Meets West
- Giotto and Assisi
- Globalisation and Contemporary Art
- The Lure of the Object
- The Thirties
- Victorian Sculpture
- Visual Art and Poetry
- Colour and Meaning
- Leonardo: Art and Science
* 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.
- During the term in Venice wherever possible seminars take place out and about in the city and wider region.
- For your 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.
4-8 hours per week depending on the modules being taken.
Seminars of 3-14 depending on the module being taken
- Written assignment on a topic developed in discussion with your module tutors
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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There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.
Full-time: 1 year
(September 2019 - September 2020)
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language requirements
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
Location of study
University of Warwick
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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.