A pathway degree combines specialisation with flexibility. It is suited both to those of you who are beginning a journey towards a PhD in a particular field, and to those of you who wish to further develop undergraduate or personal interests. The pathways have emerged from clusters of excellence and expertise in the Department and relate directly to our Research Schools of Architectural History and Theory, British Art, Medieval Art and Medievalisms, Modern and Contemporary and Sculpture Studies. We therefore have concentrations of staff working in these areas, and related lectures, colloquia and site visits taking place.
The Medieval Art and Medievalisms pathway
If you select the Medieval Art and Medievalisms pathway you can work on a wide range of media, from stained glass to manuscripts and architecture. In order to complete the degree, at least two of your four option modules and your dissertation must be completed in Medieval Art and Medievalisms. Beyond this, the programme structure provides the flexibility for you to either specialise entirely in Medieval Art and Medievalisms, or to select up to two of your option modules from art history modules outside the field, or from modules offered by other humanities departments and interdisciplinary centres. Training will be offered in both general and pathway-specific research skills, which will prepare you for the development of a sustained independent research project for your dissertation, on which you will work closely with an academic supervisor who is expert in the field.
Taken full-time, the one-year MA in History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms) consists of: -Autumn and Spring Terms: A core module focusing on Research Skills and Methods in History of Art, including pathway-specific sessions. -Autumn Term: Two taught modules of your choice; an option is always offered on historiographical and theoretical approaches to art history. -Spring Term: Two further modules of your choice. -Summer Term and vacation: A dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.
Taken part-time over two years, you would do one option in each of the Autumn and Spring terms, and work on your dissertation during the Summer terms and summer vacation.
Each option is taught by weekly two-hour seminars and assessement is in the form of a 4,000 word essay. Field-trips to view art and architecture are included in the programme, as appropriate.
The Research Skills and Methods in History of Art module, which is taught on a fortnightly basis across the Autumn and Spring Term, culminates in the production of a dissertation synopsis, on which the module is assessed.
The programme culminates in the production of a 15,000-20,000 dissertation, produced under the supervision of a member of staff. The work accounts for 50% of the final degree mark.
What are your research interests / what are you working on? "My research interests focus on contemporary art and its relation to broader socio-political issues. More specifically I would like to work on atrocity images."
What modules have been most fascinating and why? "So far I have enjoyed all the modules that I have chosen. In particular, I found the module Uses of Photography really fascinating because I had the opportunity to engage with artistic practises and crucial texts in my research field. I also found the module Theory and Historiography helpful. Even though I had already studied History and Theory of Art during my undergraduate studies, this course gave me the opportunity to read and learn how to 'unpack' many important theoretical texts (in English), something really useful for a foreign student, coming from a different academic system."
Why York rather than somewhere else? "When I decided that I wanted to study in England, I visited the University of York and was impressed by it. From my first visit I felt that there is a strong academic community here, which supports the students, and makes them feel really welcome. The city is beautiful and easy to live in. Additionally, for me it is really important that London is close, so I can visit museums and galleries at every opportunity I have."
What’s the level of support like from staff and the department as a whole, are they receptive to feedback? "From the very beginning of my studies in the department, the staff were very helpful in introducing me to this new academic environment. The tutorials are a crucial part of the study process - I consider it very important to get critical feedback which will help me improve my research and methodological skills."
What’s been your favourite study trip and why? "I really enjoyed the study trip to Tate Modern in London where we visited the exhibition Conflict-Time-Photography (Module: Uses of Photography). This exhibition was closely related to my research interests, and the trip gave me the opportunity to exchange opinions with the tutor and my fellow students."
Has the department supported you in career planning? "The department and the careers office are very keen to help and support our career planning with many and different events and lectures. In addition, the weekly lectures that the department organises have been very useful."
We expect applicants to have a good 2.1 or 1st-class undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Exceptions may be made for mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications but with substantial related experience, who may be called for interview.
17 February 2017
Recipient: University of York
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