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Masters degrees in History of Art, Architecture & Design examine the historical, cultural and social developments of the arts, building design, and design techniques. They include training in the enhancement of visual awareness and expertise.
Related subjects include Intellectual History and Social History. Entry requirements usually include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Art, Design Technology, History, Media, or Cultural Studies.
Courses in this field are highly varied, with a broad range of specialises and research topics on offer.
For example, you may wish to pursue solely Art History, and learn to develop a critical understanding of both historical and contemporary pieces of artwork across the globe.
Alternatively, you may take Architecture History as your single avenue, and explore for example religious architecture, or perhaps even historical landmarks which have cultural significance.
Or, you might focus solely on Design History, such as the historical developments of technologies within the Design industries, for example printmaking.
Careers in this field may include roles in both the public and private sectors, such as curating for museums and art galleries, or private art dealing.
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At Sussex, we believe art history matters and continues to be significant in today’s society. This MA includes hands-on workshops and interactive sessions using the rich resources held in The Keep, Brighton’s world-class centre for archives. Read more
Gain the skills to join the exciting world of museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector. You’ll work with academics who have relationships with museums across the UK, and direct experience of curating exhibitions and permanent collections in the museums and galleries sector. Read more
Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, with a focus on photography, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting. Read more
The MLitt in Art History is designed to develop and enhance core research and writing skills, to introduce and deepen knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of Art History, and to enable students to explore current critical debates, art media and contextual questions. Read more
The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice program offers graduate students an exceptional opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary art, media and design through engagement with history, theory and criticism within curatorial practice. Read more
Study art history among the vibrant museums and contemporary art galleries of our nation’s capital The Art History Program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is situated in the heart of the culturally rich city of Washington, D.C., providing students with unique opportunities to study the arts. Read more
The Islamic Middle East has given rise to an impressive material culture that continues in the present. This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia in diverse historical periods. Read more
Offered jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the MA creates critical histories through artefacts, environments and our interactions with them, whether in design, performance, photography or material culture more broadly. Read more
By pursuing research in History of Art at Birmingham, you will joining a vibrant and dynamic research community thanks to the Department’s broad range of expertise, from medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, to contemporary global art. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in History of Art and Architecture is an intensive conversion programme designed for students with a first degree in another subject who wish to pursue a Master's degree in the history of art or architecture. Read more