The unique Art History and Curating programme from University of Birmingham enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct original research into art objects, to understand at first hand the history, theory and contemporary practice of their curation, to co-curate a public art exhibition.Why study this course?
- Location – teaching takes place primarily in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts – one of the finest art galleries in the country – surrounded by works from world-renowned artists and sculptors, from Jan Steen to Rodin. We are also located at the heart of a thriving city with a vibrant portfolio of established and emerging art galleries and arts organisations.
- Join an active and vibrant student community – you will benefit from a lively, supportive and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community, providing an ideal environment in which to study. You will have the opportunity to become active members of both departmental and university-wide research communities and help plan, organise and participate in public lectures, research seminars and the History of Art annual symposia.
- Boost your employability skills – the programme provides ideal preparation for future careers in museums and galleries. You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional module where you will be able to take up a part-time 11-week placement in a local art institution such as: Birmingham Museums Trust; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; RBSA; or Walsall Art Gallery. Read more about our placement providers and students' career outcomes.
- Enhance your knowledge on a range of topics – you will develop a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of a range of methods used in museum practices such as interpretation; modes of display; marketing; access and learning; administration and finance; art handling; digital technology.
- Extracurricular activities – The Department is home to the online Journal of Art Historiography and postgraduate students are invited to become editorial assistants. You also have the opportunity to volunteer at the Barber Institute.
Birmingham's History of Art graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills, including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on detailed research.
Our History of Art postgraduates also have the advantage of gaining hands-on experience at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts: the university's on-campus art gallery which is home to the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies.
Over the past five years, over 98% of History of Art postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many graduates enter occupations relating to gallery and museum management and curatorship; others pursue careers in academia.
Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Birmingham Museums Trust; National Portrait Gallery; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; University of Birmingham; and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust.
More informationVisit official programme website
- Curatorial Practices
- Postgraduate Research Training and Methods
- Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Culture
- Placements: Art History in the Field
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- Artists' Film and Video from the 1920s to the Present
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesArt History Liberal Arts Museum Studies View 130 other Masters in Liberal Arts in United Kingdom
- You will need an Honours degree in History of Art or a cognate Humanities subject, of an upper second-class standard or higher (or its academic equivalent).
- Candidates holding degrees in other disciplines (e.g. broader Arts subjects) will only be considered if they can demonstrate interest and experience in History of Art, e.g. through studying relevant modules and/or undertaking related work experience.
International17495 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 17495 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- UK/EU: 4,625 GBP per year
- Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas.
- International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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