MA in Art History

The Open University

Program Description

MA in Art History

The Open University

The MA in Art History draws upon the exciting research and outstanding teaching expertise of the department. Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research.

You will start by exploring the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history from Renaissance Italy to the contemporary Caribbean, before building on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects – incorporating architecture, art, and design.

You will complete the degree by researching and writing a dissertation on an agreed topic of your own devising.

Key features of the course

  • Engages critically with key theories and approaches developed to interpret and explain works of art and architecture
  • Examines critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums
  • Prepares and inspires you to confidently develop and articulate your own standpoint within the discipline
  • Concludes with a substantial piece of independent research and a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate honors degree, ideally, but not necessarily, in Art History. Part 1 of the MA (A843) assumes that a suitable candidate for this masters degree already has the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. You should be aware that a good degree (at least a 2.1 or equivalent) will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA.

The part 1 module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches, but it does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your qualifications and/or experience are inappropriate – if you’re in any doubt, please contact us before you enroll.

To study successfully for this MA, you need to be able to:
  • write clear, concise, accurate prose
  • read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
  • classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
  • argue logically, consistently and skeptically
  • marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument.

How long it takes

Modules on this MA are studied during a fixed period each year. The minimum overall time in which it is possible to complete the qualification is two years, studying the modules consecutively. If you do not study the modules consecutively, you must have completed them by a maximum of 10 years to qualify for the degree.

Career relevance

An MA in Art History will provide you with a wide range of skills, including visual and textual analysis and critical thinking and writing, which can be successfully transferred to a variety of careers in the professional and educational sectors. The MA in Art History will teach you to think critically about historical and contemporary cultural debates around works of art and will provide you with an awareness of art history’s professional contexts. The MA is an excellent starting point for a career in the heritage and cultural sectors, from educator to curator to art critic. If you’re interested in an academic career, the MA is an essential step towards embarking on a PhD.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
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