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History of Art (Postgraduate Certificate)

Birkbeck, University of London

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    04-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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 Certificate in History of Art exposes you to key art historical approaches, and allows you to focus in depth on an area and period of particular interest to you, in early or modern (including contemporary) periods, through one taught option module (see an indicative list of modules under 'Course structure' below). The programme 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 programme 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.

This programme comprises two of the modules from the corresponding MA programme. 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 part-time evening study programme allows you to explore your passion for the history of art and you can go on to complete our Postgraduate Diploma or MA History of Art, if you wish.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include museum/gallery curator, arts administrator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.

Read how undertaking our MA History of Art helped one student secure her dream job at Tate Britain.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Tuition fees

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£ 5,340per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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