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MA History of Art

University of Bristol
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
On campus
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About this program

MA History of Art

The Department of History of Art offers a broad-based master's programme, which enables you to study a range of periods and approaches before specialising for your dissertation. The MA draws on the research strengths of all members of the department, which includes specialists in medieval, renaissance and modern art.

We aim to help you develop an informed understanding of the main strands of art history, as practised in Europe and North America. We also offer curatorial units in collaboration with external museum partners, through which you will learn to research and catalogue museum collections and to mount exhibitions.

Admission requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile B

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Dissertation
  • Histories, Theories and Critical Interpretations of Art: 1
  • Histories, Theories and Critical Interpretations of Art: 2
  • Independent Study Unit: Curating a Collection
  • Collaborative Curatorial Unit - A
  • Art and Memory (Level M Lecture Response Unit)
  • Art in Russia and the Soviet Union (Level M Lecture Response Unit)
  • Art of the Northern Renaissance (Level M Lecture Response Unit)
  • Realism (Level M Lecture Response Unit)
  • Text and Image (Level M Lecture Response Unit)
  • Modernism and the 'Black Atlantic'
  • Supervised Individual Study
  • Art and Fashion
  • Personal Option Unit 1
  • Personal Option Unit 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance. Three-hour optional units are delivered in two sessions that are frequently scheduled on multiple weekdays.


Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

  • UK: full-time - £9,100
  • UK: part-time (two years) - £4,550
  • Overseas (including EU): full-time - £20,600
  • Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time - £9,100


Awards available: MA

Career paths

Students who have graduated from the MA programme in History of Art have gone on to careers as journalists, art consultants, buying and marketing executives, and gallery assistants.

About this institute

University of Bristol

Bristol is a successful and ambitious university where we offer you the chance to learn from, and with, some of the leading scholars in the world. Here, you will enjoy the benefits of studying in a research-rich environment where we combine a rigorous approach to...

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