Aims of the ProgrammeKnowledge and understandingBy the end of the course students at the University of Cambridge should have demonstrated:
- A deep and systematic understanding of History of Art and Visual Culture and their interrelationships with other disciplines;
- An understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and how they affect the way that knowledge is interpreted;
- Conceptual understanding in order to evaluate critically current research in the discipline and to critique methodologies, where appropriate proposing new hypotheses;
- The extension and development of their visual analytical, evaluative and critical capacities;
- Originality in the application of their knowledge, having developed the ability to form independent judgements based on their close visual analysis and object study, reading, research and writing;
- A comprehensive understanding of techniques, knowledge and analysis applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship (in this case the dissertation).
- The academic, technical and ancillary skills necessary to participate in critical debates within the field of history of art and visual culture, dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively and making sound judgments in the absence of complete data;
- Self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and the ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
- Transferable skills, including the ability to take responsibility for their own learning, decision-making in unpredictable situations, making oral and written presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, planning and producing written assignments, working independently, and, where they have chosen to do so, using different types of technology;
- The ability to formulate a research topic, create a research design, and communicate their ideas and research conclusions in a substantial piece of postgraduate level research.
To complete Year 1 successfully students must pass at least two of the three assessed essays and reach an average pass mark of 60% across the three. Students who achieve this can progress to Year 2, where they research and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, subject to the approval of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. Dissertation work is individually supervised and is assessed following the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art’s common examinations handbook (except where a case is made for alignment with common MSt protocols). The dissertation must reach the pass mark of 60%.
- Thematic approaches to understanding art
- Research, Sources and Methods
- Dissertation research
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesVisual Arts History Art History View 213 other Masters in Art History in United Kingdom
- Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.
- Research proposal
- Personal statement
International11812 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11812 GBP per year during 24 months.
National6750 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6750 GBP per year during 24 months.
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