MA History of Art

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Program Description

MA History of Art

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The MA in Art History offers study in an exceptionally wide range of artistic cultures, periods and forms. The flexible structure of the course allows students to choose from seminar modules on the arts of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and from antiquity to the present day. Teaching takes place in small groups, with regular opportunities for individual supervision.

Students select four modules from a range of options and in addition receive guidance on the methodological and historiographic aspects of advanced study in the History of Art. Students also write a dissertation of 12,000 words, which allows them to focus on a topic of their choice and can draw on the expertise of our staff members for guidance in the research and writing of their dissertations. The MA can be taken in one year, or part-time, over two years.

The degree develops critical skills in research, analytical thinking and communication, and prepares students for either a higher research degree or a career in the visual arts sector. As a member of the Sainsbury Institute for Art, Art History and World Art Studies at UEA offers students an extraordinary range of academic resources and researchers.

The Inspiring Environment of Art History and World Art Studies

We encourage innovative lines of inquiry both within the discipline of art history and also by moving across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. 79% of research in Art History and World Art Studies was rated 4 (world leading) or 3 (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis released today. Additionally, the impact of the research was rated the 2nd highest in the UK for Art History in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.Depth and breadth of expertise expose students to different strands of critical thinking about the place of art in the world.

Exposure to Cutting-Edge Research

The Sainsbury Institute for Art’s commitment to the study of the arts across the world has contributed to its reputation for high-quality research by individual staff members and by teams. Collaborative projects include exhibitions at the Norwich Castle Museum, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the British Museum, and other major national and international museums and art galleries. Students are encouraged to participate in these projects and the Institute’s research culture more generally. Students and academic staff come together for weekly seminars, in which invited speakers discuss their latest research. Weekly postgraduate seminars provide a supportive and friendly forum for the presentation of student research, and an opportunity to try out ideas and conference presentations. With computers and other IT facilities in dedicated postgraduate areas, students are provided with an ideal and welcoming environment in which to develop their expertise, specialist skills and research projects.

Research Skills, Analytical and Critical Capacities

The MA in the History of Art exposes students to critical theories and methods developed in different disciplines for the visual, historical and contextual analysis of art. The degree actively encourages students to evaluate critical approaches through class discussion, presentations and written research assignments. Students are equipped with the art-historical skills expected of curators, professional art writers, auction house experts, and entrants to PhD programmes in the History of Art and other humanities disciplines.

Fieldwork Opportunities

Depending on your choice of modules, there will be occasions to see works of art and architecture in locales that range from Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and the country house in Norfolk, to Rome and Bologna in Italy. Whenever possible, students are also provided with opportunities to handle archaeological objects and historical manuscripts, to conduct on-site research in West Africa, and to visit the wealth of artworks and historic buildings in East Anglia (including its many country houses, its uniquely rich medieval heritage and the significant collection of Old Master, British and modern art held by the Norwich Castle Museum).

  • to analyse built structures, both ruined and standing
  • to examine manuscripts so as to understand their makeup and production
  • to relate artefacts of all kind to existing documentation
  • to place art and architecture in its historical and cultural context
  • to outline the development of art and architecture in East Anglia (and beyond) in the period 1100-1550
  • to understand the nature of the major institutions involved in art patronage.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Norwich, England
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