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HISTORY OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE)

Birkbeck, University of London

Postgraduate Certificate , History Of Art

Course Description

This intensive one-year course offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the history of art and architecture. You will learn to critically analyse and interpret art objects and buildings, and will engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform the study and practice of the history of art.

On this course, you will get the chance 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.

If you want to study history of art, or a similar course, at Master's level but have a first degree in another subject, then this programme can be used as a conversion course. You will acquire and develop skills and knowledge of the discipline up to final-year undergraduate level. And, by studying this course, you will be able to apply to Birkbeck's MA History of Art, MA Museum Cultures and other Master's programmes offered by the School of Arts. If you don't want to progress to a Master's degree, this course will help you continue your exploration of the history of art and architecture at a higher level. 

This intensive one-year course offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the history of art and architecture. You will learn to critically analyse and interpret art objects and buildings, and will engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform the study and practice of the history of art. On this course, you will get the chance to study with...

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Course Content

You take the Graduate Certificate core course, History of Art and Architecture: Skills and Approaches. This is taught, one evening a week, over five weeks in the autumn term and five weeks in the spring term. The course introduces you to the core skills of analysing images, objects and buildings and some of the different theoretical approaches that are used in this subject area.

You also take a BA History of Art option module, alongside third- and fourth-year BA students. This runs over the autumn and spring terms, one evening a week. You will have a choice of different art historical subject areas to focus on from a range of courses available; those listed below are indicative of the areas covered but the specific topics are not guaranteed.

Over the summer term you have an opportunity to consolidate your learning in the form of an extended essay. This is based on research into an art work or building of your own choosing. The essay will be supported by research workshops.

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • History of Art and Architecture: Skills and Approaches

OPTION MODULES

  • Art and Patronage in Papal Rome c. 1534-1590
  • Art and the Sacred in the Middle Ages
  • Art as Critique: Caricature, Modernity and the Avant-Garde
  • Art of the British Empire
  • Concrete and Flesh: Modern Architecture and the Body
  • Modernism in Scandinavian Art and Design
  • Photography Between Art and Document, 1839 to Now
  • Seventeenth-Century Painting in the Netherlands
  • Strategies of Display: Avant-Garde Exhibitions, The White Cube and Beyond
  • The Aesthetics of Politics: Picturing the Victorian State

You take the Graduate Certificate core course, History of Art and Architecture: Skills and Approaches. This is taught, one evening a week, over five weeks in the autumn term and five weeks in the spring term. The course introduces you to the core skills of analysing images, objects and buildings and some of the different theoretical approaches that are used in this subject area. You...

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Entry Requirements

Good first degree or equivalent.

If you do not already hold a first degree, but believe that you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Certificate through other experience and educational achievements, please contact the admissions tutor.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

 

Good first degree or equivalent. If you do not already hold a first degree, but believe that you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Certificate through other experience and educational achievements, please contact the admissions tutor. INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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