The Postgraduate Diploma at Birkbeck, University of London exposes you to key art historical approaches and allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods of particular interest to you, in early and modern (including contemporary) periods, through taught options (see an indicative list of modules in 'course structure', below) and independent research.
The course develops your visual acuity and your understanding of art's histories, while stimulating critical debate and stretching your research skills. In addition to independent written work, you will take part in group discussion, give oral presentations and engage with the Department of History of Art's research culture.
This course offers you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in periods from medieval to contemporary, focusing on painting, sculpture, print culture, architecture, photography, digital art and museology.
You will work closely with our staff while also benefiting from our diverse and vibrant student body of all ages and backgrounds. The teaching programme is enriched by museum and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved as volunteers in research and community outreach activities. You will have the opportunity to take up a work placement with London museums, galleries and archives.
The Postgraduate Diploma is structured in exactly the same way as our MA History of Art, but without a dissertation. It is ideal if you are interested in studying history of art at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA.
This flexible evening study course, which is available for full-time or part-time study, allows you to explore your passion for the history of art and you can go on to complete our MA History of Art if you wish.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include museum/gallery curator, arts administrator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.
- Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography
- Art and Devotion in Fifteenth-Century Italy
- Art and Identity: 'Race', Ideology, Culture
- Art and War 1814-2004
- Art in the Age of Giotto: evidence and interpretation
- Curating Difficult Histories: Museums, Exhibitions, Art Activism
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesHistory Art History Museum Studies View 105 other Masters in Museum Studies in United Kingdom
A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).
- On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
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- Your personal statement
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International10920 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10920 GBP per year during 12 months.
National6020 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6020 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Part-time home students, Year 1: £4515 pa. Year 2: £1505 pa
- Part-time international students, Year 1: £8190 pa, Year 2: £2730 pa
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