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About

The MA in Art History at The Open University UK draws upon the exciting research and outstanding teaching expertise of the department. Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research. 

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Overview

You will start by exploring the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean, before building on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects – incorporating architecture, art and design. You will complete the Art History  degree from The Open University UK  by researching and writing a dissertation on an agreed topic of your own devising.

Key features of the course

  • Engages critically with key theories and approaches developed to interpret and explain works of art and architecture
  • Examines critical debates in the academic discipline of art history and the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums
  • Prepares and inspires you to confidently develop and articulate your own standpoint within the discipline
  • Concludes with a substantial piece of independent research and a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Career relevance

An MA in Art History will provide you with a wide range of skills, including visual and textual analysis and critical thinking and writing, which can be successfully transferred to a variety of careers in the professional and educational sectors.

The  MA in Art History at The Open University UK will teach you to think critically about historical and contemporary cultural debates around works of art and will provide you with an awareness of art history’s professional contexts. The MA is an excellent starting point for a career in the heritage and cultural sectors, from educator to curator to art critic. If you’re interested in an academic career, the MA is an essential step towards embarking on a PhD.

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

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 the MA in Art History 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 art history or a related subject, you could study one of our undergraduate art history modules first, Exploring art history and culture (A226) or Art and its global histories (A344), which provide an introduction to critical debates in art history. Alternatively, we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the current themes and issues in the discipline by reading up on the subject in advance.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10225 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    10225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10225 GBP per year during 24 months.

The total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study. With us, you pay for your modules as you study them, rather than the whole qualification up front.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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