Masters in Arts, Design & Architecture

Art History

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Art history is a specialised branch of history that studies the evolution of culture through artistic productions such as paintings, sculptures, architecture, and the graphic and decorative arts. One of the broadest fields in humanities sciences, the art history discipline studies methodologies and critical theory, analysing contemporary issues in the practice and display of art. Art history is related with other disciplines like history, philosophy, and the visual arts.

Some subjects of art history courses cover Greek art, medieval art and architecture, topography of modern Rome, history and aesthetics of photography, as well as contemporary artistic movements.

By studying art history, future professionals achieve skills in the critical analysis of art works. Students cultivate visual literacy and appreciation for aesthetics. Art historians will be able to determine the period a work of art belongs to and will gain insight into detecting fake creations. They will also gain interpretative skills and technological abilities related to visual communication.

Art history graduates pursue diverse careers in settings such as: colleges and universities, archives and libraries, museums, auction houses, art galleries, preservation firms, or historical societies. They can engage in jobs like artist representative, museum curator, art advisor, gallery archivist, and more.

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M.A. Art History and Curating

The MA in Art History and Curating from University of Birmingham is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery. 

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M.A. History of Art

This History of Art programme from the University of Birmingham provides you with the opportunity to choose from a range of subject areas and historical periods in History of Art.

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M.A. Art History

The Master of Arts (MA) in Art History offered at John Cabot University fosters professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand study in the museums, monuments, archaeological sites, and historic libraries of Rome.

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