MA Art History part 2

The Open University UK

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The postgraduate MA Art History part 2 module from The Open University UK aims to broaden understandings of ‘Art History’ in terms of methods, materials, spaces and sites of practice. 

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It explores relationships between visual arts and the public realm by examining contexts within which art, architecture and design are situated and mediated, ranging from consideration of the professional practice of art historians, within and outside academia, to exploring public realms of print media and the built environment. 

Central to the module is the development of subject specific research skills and practices which build throughout the module towards the dissertation. 

Vocational relevance

This  MA Art History part 2 module from The Open University UK   offers excellent preparation for applying an art historical training to various areas of employment, as it explicitly addresses issues surrounding the public role and presentation of the visual arts in the context of contemporary art and heritage policy and practice. When combined with the art history part 1 module, the qualification provides the skills, knowledge and awareness not only for scholarly research but also for employment in the creative arts and in the area of cultural policy. 

Programme Structure


  • Block 1: Putting Standpoints into Practice
  • Block 2: The Image and its Publics
  • Block 3: Inhabiting Space
  • Block 4: Research in the Visual Arts

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

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120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to study this module you must have successfully completed MA in Art History part 1 (A843)

  • If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.


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MA Art History part 2
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