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Deepen your understanding of the history of art and gain the skills necessary for advanced research and critical analysis.

You can take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest such as: 

  • extensive collections in the Royal Pavilion and the museums of Brighton & Hove
  • local historic houses and collections such as Charleston and Petworth
  • contemporary art galleries along the South Coast, such as Towner (Eastbourne), the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea) and the Jerwood Gallery (Hastings). 

You’ll work with the rich array of sources held in The Keep, a world-class centre for archives on our doorstep. We encourage you to take part in our regular research seminars and events involving curators, scholars and artists.

Why choose this course?

  • 100% of our research was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You are taught by leading academics with established reputations for research in their fields, who will help you to devise and deliver your original research to the highest levels.
  • You will benefit from our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections – including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Charleston – providing access to expertise, art objects and research materials.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact course co-ordinator Sophie Heath at 

How will I study?

This MA offers you a wealth of in-depth taught modules, ranging from the classical to the contemporary, and supports you in developing a specialist dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Modules and options are assessed by term papers. You also write a 20,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

An Art History MA at Sussex will develop your skills in attention to detail, research, written communication and teamwork. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching, research and publishing
  • law and the Civil Service, 
  • museums, libraries and archives.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers at the V&A, the Charleston Trust, the National Trust and at the BBC. 

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Art History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
  • exhibition director, Soka Art Centre
  • project curator, British Museum.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)


Visit the Art History - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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