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HISTORY OF ART (POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £5575.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

History of art is a rich and dynamic discipline, combining the rigorous investigation of the visual arts with the creative exploration of their connections to culture, politics and society. Postgraduate study in this area trains you at a high level in looking at, thinking about and researching art and its histories. 

The Postgraduate Diploma exposes you to key art historical approaches and allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods of particular interest to you, in early and modern (including contemporary) periods, through taught options (see an indicative list of modules in 'course structure', below) and independent research. The course develops your visual acuity and your understanding of art's histories, while stimulating critical debate and stretching your research skills. In addition to independent written work, you will take part in group discussion, give oral presentations and engage with the Department of History of Art's research culture.

This course offers you the opportunity 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. You will have the opportunity to take up a work placement with London museums, galleries and archives. 

The Postgraduate Diploma is structured in exactly the same way as our MA History of Art, but without a dissertation. It is ideal if you are interested in studying history of art at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA. This flexible evening study course, which is available for full-time or part-time study, allows you to explore your passion for the history of art and you can go on to complete our MA History of Art if you wish.

History of art is a rich and dynamic discipline, combining the rigorous investigation of the visual arts with the creative exploration of their connections to culture, politics and society. Postgraduate study in this area trains you at a high level in looking at, thinking about and researching art and its histories.  The Postgraduate Diploma exposes you to key art historical...

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Course Content

The programme consists of a compulsory module, a choice of option modules and a research project or work placement. These assessed elements are supported by a series of research skills workshops.

  • The compulsory module, Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography, is designed as an introduction to current theoretical and historiographical issues in the study of the discipline.
  • Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research in selected topics from the the medieval period to the present.
  • The research project offers you the chance to undertake independent research and to reflect on the process of research, or you can choose to undertake a work placement.

Full-time students take the compulsory module, two option modules and the research project or work placement in one year.

Part-time students take the compulsory module, choose one option module and undertake a research project or work placement in Year 1. You then choose a further option module in Year 2.

The option modules listed below are a selection of those offered in past years. Please get in touch with the admissions tutor, Dorigen Caldwell,with any queries about option modules for the current academic year, which term and evening each option is offered, and the process for choosing your option modules.

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Art and Devotion in Fifteenth-Century Italy
  • Art and Identity: 'Race', Ideology, Culture
  • Art and War 1814-2004
  • Art in the Age of Giotto: evidence and interpretation
  • Curating Difficult Histories: Museums, Exhibitions, Art Activism
  • Fashioning the Body
  • Gender, Modernity and the City
  • Inventing the Victorians
  • The Art of Persuasion: Religious Imagery and the Catholic Reformation

RESEARCH PROJECT/WORK PLACEMENT OPTION MODULES

  • Museum Cultures Work Placement
  • Research Project Report MA History of Art

The programme consists of a compulsory module, a choice of option modules and a research project or work placement. These assessed elements are supported by a series of research skills workshops. The compulsory module, Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography, is designed as an introduction to current theoretical and historiographical issues in the...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£5600.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£5575.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).

For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. If you are in this position, you do not need to complete an admissions exercise.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

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. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

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).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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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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