The Postgraduate Diploma in History of Art (Part-Time) 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
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
More informationGo to the official programme website
DisciplinesVisual Arts History Art History View 510 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).
- For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. If you are in this position, you do not need to complete an admissions exercise.
International7600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4175 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
- Part-time home/EU students, Year 2: £1400 pa
- Part-time international students, Year 2: £2550 pa
Check the official programme website for information about funding options.
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