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MA History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms)

University of York

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The vast chronological and geographical range of medieval cultures has been constantly rethought, reinterpreted and reinvented in subsequent epochs.

You'll explore the extraordinarily rich material legacy of the period, including the shaping of urban structures, places of worship, sites of government, and universities. You'll be able to study in one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.

Our flexible course enables you to learn about art geographically across much of Europe and the Islamic world, and particularly the material culture of the British Isles. You can investigate a wide variety of art objects and their related visual practices, take modules from related disciplines, as well as a module that is jointly taught in collaboration with our partners (eg the Tate or the V&A).

We have developed successful partnerships with museums, churches and galleries which will enrich your medieval studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections of medieval art.

Course content

You play an active role in building your degree, developing a heightened methodological awareness, and designing research projects. You'll forge a more sophisticated understanding of how artworks create meaning, and why some artworks have been deemed culturally more significant than others.

The course enables you to develop advanced communication skills and effective project management. You'll acquire a high level of expertise in visual analysis and art historical research through object-focused study and an intensively researched MA dissertation.

You can develop your interdisciplinary interests by taking modules with the Centre for Medieval Studies, or in related disciplines such as history, literature, archaeology, philosophy, sociology and others. Due to the impact of the medieval on subsequent eras you'll also study medieval revivals and be taught by specialists in later time periods which will encourage transhistorical work.

Our expert academic staff support you every step of the way through small-group teaching, individual tutorials and field trips. You'll benefit from our specialist knowledge covering the late Roman Empire to the Renaissance and Reformation.

At least two of your option modules, your research skills module and your dissertation must be completed on Medieval Art and Medievalisms. You can either specialise entirely in this area, or select up to two option modules from other fields.

Careers and skills

Our collaborations will support your learning and research through modules jointly designed with the partnership institution, and with opportunities for exclusive partnership studentships, work experience and privileged access to collections. The course prepares you for higher research degrees and a range of possible careers. Read about some of our alumni and where their degree has taken them.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,700per year

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

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    22nd

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 28

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    148 78%

    16th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    3rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%

    13th

    1

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