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Graduate Diploma Art History and Theory with English for Academic Purposes, Master

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    Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of art history before going on to a Masters course. You improve your language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning. 


You improve your language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning so that you can progress onto our MA Art History and Theory or MA Curating course in our School of Philosophy and Art History.

If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.

Alongside improving your academic English skills, you also study important areas of art history, focusing on a combination of Italian Renaissance art, modern European art, and contemporary art.

We're ranked 7th for History of Art, according to the Times Good University Guide and our School of Philosophy and Art History is ranked 6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) with 89% rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. As such, you will be taught by some of the most innovative scholars in the field. Additionally, because we are a small school, you will be taught by our expert staff in your very first year, a rarity in UK art history courses.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Advanced English for Academic Purposes
  • Extended English for Academic Purposes Project
  • Integrated Language Skills for Graduate Students
  • Visualising Bodies (optional)
  • Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
  • Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present (optional)

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 9 months
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              You need the following IELTS score:

              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              UK entry requirements

              • This course is not available to UK applicants.

              International & EU entry requirements

              • We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
              Necessary documents
              • Personal statement
              • English language
              • Transcripts
              • CV
              • References

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International Applies to you

                      10710 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 10710 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                      4990 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 4990 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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                    Living costs for Colchester

                    • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
                      Living Costs

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