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Which course is best for me?

We offer full and part-time evening courses in History of Art, Museum Studies and the History and Theory of Photography.

We offer Art History courses at all levels from Certificate in Higher Education through degree level study to Post-Graduate Courses:

Not sure which of our courses is best for you? Read our suggestions below:

If you have never formally studied art history before

  • History of Art (Certificate of Higher Education): this part-time, two-year course is ideal if you want to acquire an awareness of the critical tools and methods for studying the history of art. It is taught at the same level as the first year of an undergraduate degree.
  • History of Art (BA): 3-year, full-time and History of Art (BA): 4-year, part-time: History of Art (BA): 4-year, part-time: this degree course offers a fundamental grounding in the subject. It is invaluable if you are working, or would like to work, in the visual arts, but can also provide a stimulating and enriching intellectual challenge if you are studying for personal development. The degree examines a wide range of historical periods in art, architecture and visual culture. Although some students on this degree have taken further education courses in the subject, or already studied it as part of another course, most have not previously engaged with the subject in any great depth prior to starting the degree. Our first-year modules are specifically designed to offer a good grounding in the discipline, providing the foundation for the more advanced study in subsequent years. We also offer the BA with particular pathways: BA History of Art with Curating; BA History of Art with Film and BA History of Art with History.

If you have a degree in another subject, but want to progress to further study in art history

  • History of Art and Architecture (Graduate Certificate): if you want to study history of art, or a similar course, at Master's level but have a first degree in another subject, then this programme can be used as a conversion course. It can also be taken as a one-year standalone programme, offering advanced study in the discipline, equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree

Higher education courses: BA, MA and MPhil/PhD degrees

If you want to study full-time

  • History of Art (MA): helps you prepare for further postgraduate work or for progression to careers in arts-related fields.
  • Museum Cultures (MA) and Museum Cultures (MRes): these courses offer you a unique opportunity to study the history, and operations of museums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
  • History of Art (MPhil / PhD): ideal if you want to pursue research; we have an international reputation for teaching and research in medieval, Renaissance and modern art history.

If you have already studied art history at another institution, and have credits

  • Eligibility: You may be able to apply for exemption from some modules - for example, if you have previously started an undergraduate degree in the History of Art at another institution, it may be that the work you completed there may count towards your degree with us.
  • How to apply for exemption: We consider each case on its individual merits. If you would like to make an application, please tick the ‘credit for prior study’ box on the application and provide full details of the courses you have previously taken, including transcripts. We can then assess your situation and discuss it with you at interview.

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