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

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? Our MA course in the History of Art and Visual Studies has been designed for promising students with an undergraduate degree in a humanities discipline who aim to develop their research skills by becoming acquainted with different periods and media in the history of art, and by taking an active part in research.

Our MA course will allow you to spend the Autumn term in Venice (October through the first week of December) with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with two main areas of research in art history: the medieval/early modern period and the modern/contemporary period. While in Venice, 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 two of our Special Subject modules (with topics usually ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary), or one Special Subject module and an independent research project, which you will design with the assistance of one of our specialized tutors.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

Autumn term (in Venice):

  • Research in Medieval or Early Modern Art
  • Research in Modern or Contemporary Art


Autumn term (at Warwick):

  • Two Special Subject modules


  • One Special Subject module and an Independent Research Project

Spring Term:

  • Art History and its Methods

Summer Term:

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

  • Deconstructing Medieval and Early Modern Building
  • East Meets West
  • Giotto and Assisi
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Art
  • Mannerism
  • 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.

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.