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The purpose of this Art History part 1 module from The Open University UK is to build on your existing knowledge of art history and develop your analytical and research skills.

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The Art History part 1  module from The Open University UK explores both the foundational concepts that have shaped art history and recent developments in the discipline, with reference to subject areas ranging from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean. Studying it will prepare you for the dissertation module MA Art History part 2 where you will have the opportunity to plan, research and write an extended piece of work based on your own art-historical interests.

Vocational relevance

This module will be of particular relevance if you wish to pursue a career in art history, academic institutions, museums, galleries, heritage and the wider arts sector.

Programme Structure

  • Block 1. Artists and Authorship: Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but just how to evaluate the figure of the artist is now one of the most contested issues in the field.
  • Block 2. Style and History: This block explores the different ways in which art historians have grouped and ordered works of art in order to construct historical narratives of artistic development.
  • Block 3. Interpretation and Reception: This block explores the relationship between the art object and its viewers and interpreters. You'll consider the art historian’s attempt to find meaning in the artwork through methods developed since the early twentieth century for purposes of interpretation (from iconography to the ‘pictorial turn’).
  • Block 4. Institutions and Geographies: This block follows the pattern of previous ones in this module by considering a coupling of terms: Institutions and Geographies. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification. Although your degree does not need to be in Art History or a closely related subject, you will need some knowledge of the subject and an understanding of relevant critical approaches, as this module assumes all candidates have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level.

  • If your degree or background is not in history or a closely related subject, you are strongly recommended to undertake the preparatory work indicated below prior to studying this module. If you’re in any doubt about the suitability of your qualifications or previous experience, please contact us before you enrol.

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