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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Courtauld Institute of Art

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    9 months

Course summary

Course Overview

The Courtauld MA History of Art provides the best in research-led teaching by world class faculty in a unique, single-subject setting. It is renowned for offering outstanding training in the specialised analytical and communication skills necessary for further research or for employment both in the arts sector and across a wide range of other careers. The programme excels at developing well-rounded and intellectually astute art historians and museum professionals equipped to make an important contribution to public life.

The MA History of Art structure combines our long-standing commitment to specialism with new means to foster fresh dialogues among students from across our tightly-knit community. Throughout the first term, you will attend a signature new weekly lecture course designed and delivered by faculty to explore cutting-edge thinking from across the breadth of our discipline, followed up by discussion classes led by our outstanding community of research students. You will also have expanded opportunities to participate in shared interest study strands designed to complement your chosen Special Option.

Assessment

The formal assessment of MA History of Art is based on the following four components:

1. A 4,000 word essay relating to the special option, valued at 15% of the overall degree classification (Term 1).

2. A second 4,000 word essay relating to the special option, valued at 20% of the overall degree classification (Term 2).

3. A virtual exhibition assignment, involving the selection and presentation of works of art to be included in an exhibition addressing a particular theme, selected from a list provided for each epical option, valued at 15% of the overall degree classification (Term 2).

4. A 10,000 word dissertation, researched and written over a period of approximately three months with supervision from the special option leader. The topic generally arises from the previous two terms’ study. The dissertation is valued at 50% of the overall degree classification (Term 3).

Careers & Employability

The MA programme is designed to produce graduates with highly transferable skills, which will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities, or further academic study. Our graduates are not only equipped with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the History of Art, but also learn how to:

  • Analyse visual imagery and articulate sophisticated arguments in formal writing and in oral presentations.
  • Read critically and economically.
  • Assimilate complex material.
  • Formulate and express a broad range of different ideas.
  • Present research to a varied audience.
  • Develop independent research skills.
  • Experience collaborative work in groups.

With these skills, Courtauld graduates go on to further study and to jobs across the economy including:

Curators, Conservators, Art Dealers, Auction House experts, Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, Publishers, Media professionals, Teachers, Banking and Finance, Journalists, Business / Marketing & Communications, Fashion buyers, Civil servants

You can access bespoke, one-to-one careers guidance throughout their studies. The Courtauld Careers Service offers advice and support on exploring career and further study options, finding internships, enhancing employability, understanding and navigating the jobs and self-employment market, and making successful applications. This service is available to all graduates for up to two years after graduation.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,000overall cost

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

University information

Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Campus address

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, Somerset House, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 0RN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 28 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    168 89%

    7th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    18th

    8

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