MA Degree in Art History in Europe

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Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.

You will be provided with comprehensive knowledge about artists and art related work in all of the fine arts across history and the social context at the time.

There are more than four thousand higher education organizations in Europe, from leading research institutions to small, teaching-focused universities. Europe itself is not as much different than other continents, reaching from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa.

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Master of Arts in Art History

John Cabot University
Campus Full time Part time 15 months October 2018 Italy Rome + 1 more

John Cabot University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. The degree can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. [+]

John Cabot University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. The degree can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. The program has a dual focus: the visual cultures of Rome and the Mediterranean across time, from antiquity to the present; and the acquisition of technical skills for primary research. It also stimulates critical perspectives on the impact of Roman art worldwide. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the MA welcomed its inaugural class in Fall semester 2017. It is the first US-accredited graduate degree program in art history based entirely in Rome. ... [-]


MA in Art History

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable... [+]

MA in Art History This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable you to carry out a more substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice for the final dissertation module. You need a substantial background in art history at undergraduate level to succeed in obtaining this qualification. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in art history (which comprises the postgraduate foundation module (A840), the subject module (A841) and the dissertation module (A847)) will: encourage you to develop your undergraduate knowledge and understanding of art history in higher level and more focused work introduce you to a range of significant scholarly debates among historians of art and architecture provide you with an advanced academic training in research methods, with regard to different media and periods, using both traditional methods and those employing new technologies enable you to make effective use of primary sources, both artistic and archival, in developing and completing a research project. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained and developed through the study of published study materials in the postgraduate... [-]

MA Arts and Culture: Art Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. [+]

MA Degrees in Art History in Europe 2018. Bridging art and research The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. It is an intensive academic programme that gives you the freedom to follow your own line of study. Curriculum Students submit a research proposal before the start of the programme. This, along with discussions with the programme director, forms the basis for the course of study. In the research proposal students write down their ideas for tutorials, a thesis and the three electives they wish to take. The electives can be chosen from the programmes Cultural Studies (Algemene cultuurwetenschappen), Art History (Kunstgeschiedenis), Musicology (Muziekwetenschap) or Theatre Studies (Theaterwetenschap). All students attend three core courses, which provide a theoretical background in Art Studies. Two additional tracks are offered by the Research Master’s programme Art Studies: Dutch Golden Age Studies, carried out in association with the Department of History and Area Studies, Dutch Studies, and the Amsterdam Centre for Golden Age Studies (ACSGA), and Artistic Research, carried out in association with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute. Degree certificate The Research Master's programme Art Studies is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the... [-]

MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 15 months October 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme in the School of Humanities provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and ‘live’ projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in the arts or a research degree. [+]

About the Programme The Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme in the School of Humanities provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and ‘live’ projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in the arts or a research degree. For 2017/8, we are introducing some exciting new areas of specialisation within the programme. The programme is committed to the idea that writing – of all kinds – is a creative practice that requires imagination as well as good literary skills and expert knowledge. Students on the MA are presented with many opportunities to develop and apply the skills required by various writing formats from the review and catalogue essay, to fiction and other forms of speculation. The unique structure of the programme allows for specialisation and the freedom to explore novel approaches to writing. The Critical Writing in Art & Design programme combines lectures, specialist writing workshops and ‘crits’ as well as live projects with external partners. Previous partners have included the Royal Opera House, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and Turner Contemporary in Margate. Recognising that the media is undergoing considerable change, the MA also offers opportunities to work with professionals working print and online publishing, broadcasting and podcasting. Students on the programme enjoy opportunities to share classes and to work on shared projects with... [-]

MA History of Art and/or Archaeology

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is a unique opportunity to study the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus. They consider theoretical and methodological questions and are invited to question the relevance of the disciplinary distinction between History of Art and Archaeology to the study of the non-Western world. Courses cover a time period spanning from antiquity to present-day, contemporary art. [+]

MA History of Art and/or Archaeology

Duration: One year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.... [-]


MA Arts and Heritage

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

This one-year programme is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of past and present culture. [+]

What is the societal and academic significance of 'art', 'heritage' and 'culture'? Why do we value certain works of art, heritage or cultural practices and not others? How do different ways of interpreting and presenting the arts and cultural heritage affect our ideas about the past, present and future? If you are interested in finding the answers to questions like these, and you have a passion for art and cultural heritage, the master’s programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education might be the right choice for you.

In this programme, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, you will develop the academic and professional knowledge and skills you will need to become a policy maker, art manager, museum curator or educator. This internationally-oriented programme approaches art and cultural heritage from different perspectives. You will also have plenty of opportunities to concentrate on your specific areas of interest.... [-]


Master in Art History of the Low Countries

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. [+]

Immerse Yourself in the Art and Architecture of the Low Countries

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. We invite you to critically reflect on the production of art and architecture, and the role of patronage; investigate the reasons why so many artist went abroad, and how they became agents in the international diffusion of art theory, style, and repertoire. You will also have the opportunity to study other specific subjects that align with your own personal interests. Our close ties with major art museums and other cultural organisations both in the Netherlands and abroad mean that the academic and practical work are closely linked.... [-]


MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy promotes dialogue amongst practitioners and theorists about art discourse today. Highly relevant for both artists and writers, the course theorises art from a contemporary perspective embracing ideas in Continental philosophy, The Marxist intellectual tradition, as well as psychoanalytic and feminist theories. [+]

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy promotes dialogue amongst practitioners and theorists about art discourse today. Highly relevant for both artists and writers, the course theorises art from a contemporary perspective embracing ideas in Continental philosophy, The Marxist intellectual tradition, as well as psychoanalytic and feminist theories. Reasons to Apply MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time. You’ll explore key issues including philosophy's relevance for the theorisation of art, politics, philosophy and art, philosophical approaches to contemporary art, and philosophy and art in a globalised context. You’ll benefit from productive exchanges and development of ideas between MA Fine Art practitioners and MRes historians, theorists and philosophers. You’ll be introduced to the professional world of research and debate, supported by lectures from visiting scholars and philosophers. You'll gain skills in close textual analysis, comprehension, reconstruction and interpretation of philosophical arguments, while building expertise in critical analysis and reflection. Our graduates will be well placed to progress to MPhil or PhD research or for a professional future in academic institutions, the arts, and publishing. Content and structure MRes Art allows you to address a specialist area of fine art research and to explore the relationships between your chosen specialism and the broader fine art community in the context... [-]

MA in Arts and Culture: Art History

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months February 2018 Netherlands Groningen Leeuwarden + 1 more

Do you want to be well prepared for a career in the world of the Visual Arts? The Master Program in Art History offers all the knowledge and expertise that you need. [+]

MA Degrees in Art History in Europe 2018. Do you want to be well prepared for a career in the world of the Visual Arts? The Master Program in Art History offers all the knowledge and expertise that you need. The one-year Master Program in Art History offers courses in Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. The program is committed to historical as well as theoretical depth. Students are also trained with an eye to their post-graduate career prospects. We offer internships in major museums throughout the Netherlands and abroad, as well as an excursion to a major European metropolis. Programme: 1 year The first semester consists of one required course, Art History Now, and two courses that complement the student's specialization. In the second semester, the Early Modern and Modern and Contemporary Art students write a thesis of 15 EC and complete an internship of 10 EC. The Curatorial students write a thesis of 20 EC and follow a tutorial of 5 EC. These students conclude their studies in the third semester with an internship of 30 EC. All students go on an excursion abroad in the second semester. Programme options Modern and Contemporary Art (specialization) The Modern and Contemporary Art specialization offers courses from the Enlightenment to the present. Course offerings include the study of the broad spectrum of media used during this period: photography, film, video, multi-media installations, and post-digital art, in addition to painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. Early Modern Art (specialization)... [-]

MA in Art History and Curating

University of Birmingham, College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery [+]

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This unique programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct original research into art objects, to understand at first hand the history, theory and contemporary practice of their curation and to disseminate your findings through a public art exhibition and a 15,000-word dissertation. The core components of the programme include the 60-credit ‘Curatorial Practices’ module – taught on a weekly basis in the Barber Institute – that provides you with a full range of skills to curate an exhibition, and a 20-credit 'Research Training and Methods' module which will help you to develop essential research skills. The programme also offers you the flexibility to select a further 40 credits of optional study from a range of complimentary practical, theoretical and historical modules. These include: a 12 week placement with a local gallery, auction house or other commerical arts organisation set up on your behalf; the application of digital technologies in art history; the theory of exhibitions; aesthetics and the philosophy of art. As a result, this unique programme will provide you with the knowledge, experience and employability skills invaluable to museum and academic sectors whilst enabling you to establish professional networks in both. You will study three core modules: -... [-]

MA in Art History

Studio Art Centers International - SACI Florence
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Italy Florence

SACI’s MA in Art History students live in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and art historians. They work in an environment of rigorous critical inquiry at an institution known for its formation of creative contemporary artists and scholars. [+]

MA Degrees in Art History in Europe 2018. SACI’s MA in Art History students live in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and scholars. They work in an environment of rigorous critical and technical inquiry, both singularly and as part of an institution that is known for its formation of creative contemporary artists, and that utilizes the remarkable art-historical and cultural resources of Florence. Classes are held on site and in SACI’s two landmark palazzi in Florence’s historic center. These fully renovated Renaissance buildings are a short walk from Florence’s renowned Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia, and Palazzo Pitti museums and a number of the world’s greatest libraries. See a list of libraries in Florence and information about the SACI Worthington Library. Students also have access as well to Florence’s new Museo Novecento, which has a notable collection of modern Italian art and is a few steps from SACI’s main building, and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in nearby Prato. Students enroll for one academic year from September through July and earn 36 credits. They travel to art-historically important sites and major museums throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe, study historiography and research methodology in special Graduate Seminars, and focus on a broad range of art history topics as well as those specific to their own research interests. Their scholarly endeavors, which are rooted in direct experience of Italian and European art and culture, culminate... [-]

Master of Arts on Arts and Spectacle History and Criticism

University of Parma
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Parma

Master's Degree in History and criticism of the arts and entertainment industry is founded on a tradition of studies and research established based on the overcoming of hierarchies and disciplinary divisions and on the analysis of forms of expression in a historical perspective. [+]

Official Program Description COURSE WITHOUT ADMISSION TEST 5 places available for non-EU citizens, including 2 places reserved for Chinese citizens The II level Master’s Degree in History of Art and Entertainment Industry History and Art Criticism is founded on a tradition of studies and research established on the overcoming of hierarchies and disciplinary divisions and on the analysis of forms of expression in an historical perspective. The objectives of the course are: to acquire knowledge of the methodologies of research and acquisition of the tools of research in the history of the arts (visual and performing); to acquire a specialist level of knowledge of the history of art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary and of the history theatre, performing arts and cinema; to acquire awareness of the critical historical debate, in the fields of art, film, performing arts and theatre history and the acquisition of deep critical skills; to acquire the comprehension of the dynamics relating to the organization and management of the arts; to acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of the problems of conservation, management, promotion and enhancement of cultural heritage. These objectives will be achieved through the articulation of specific subjects on the courses in art history (History of the Arts from Middle Ages to the present and History of Art Criticism, History of Theatre and Dramaturgy, and History of Cinema) supplemented by theoretical and methodological courses (Aesthetics and Information science). Students will have the opportunity to expand and personalize their curriculum with 1 or 2... [-]

MA in Heritage Education

Bishop Grosseteste University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Lincoln + 1 more

This is at the cutting edge of heritage education and gives you the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. [+]

MA in Heritage EducationThis is at the cutting edge of heritage education and gives you the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. This course will encourage you to work on various sites and alongside specialists and will help you develop the knowledge, skills and networks that will assist you in your future career.The course is delivered flexibly through campus-based and on-line teaching and learning. It is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors, and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. You will benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the involvement of the University College in managing the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.This course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Heritage Education.... [-]


M.A. in Art History

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta Hong Kong Sham Shui Po France Lacoste + 4 more

As a student of art history at SCAD, you will be ideally situated among a comprehensive academic landscape of art and design, with access to the breathtaking SCAD Museum of Art and other vast resources. [+]

Become fluent in the language of art As a student of art history at SCAD, you will be ideally situated among a comprehensive academic landscape of art and design, with access to the breathtaking SCAD Museum of Art and other vast resources. We have the largest art history faculty in American higher education, and students are guided by masters of the discipline. You will also benefit from SCAD’s prominent symposia on the subject, and visiting art critics and historians eager to share their craft with the art history leaders of tomorrow. M.A. in art history Available at: - Savannah ARTH 700 Historiography of Art History ARTH 703 Modern and Contemporary Critical Theory ARTH 788 Art History M.A. Thesis — 700-level ARLH or ARTH elective* — 700-level ARLH or ARTH elective* — 700-level ARTH elective* — 700-level ARTH elective* — 700-level ARTH elective* — Directed elective† Total course of study: 45 hours Careers in art history Become an art critic. Become a preservationist. Become an art appraiser. Art historians view the world through the lens of creative expression and seek to preserve art as a source for understanding the world and its cultures. Visual sensitivity, knowledge of history, training in research methods and writing skills are developed through the study of art history. Launch your career as a professional: Architectural conservationist Art appraiser Exhibit designer Art critic Arts administrator Executive director of an arts organization Preservationist Historic art supervisor Historic site supervisor And get recruited and hired by the best of... [-]

BA in Art History and Classical & Archaeological Studies (Hons)

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury

This new programme offers a critically engaging and expansive approach to the discipline of art history combined with classical and archaeological studies. [+]

MA Degrees in Art History in Europe 2018. BA in Art History and Classical & Archaeological Studies (Hons) This new programme offers a critically engaging and expansive approach to the discipline of art history combined with classical and archaeological studies. It has been designed to equip you with the key visual, critical and professional skills necessary for a career in the art world and for a range of other employment opportunities. In your first year, you are given a firm foundation in some of the aesthetic, interpretative and methodological approaches to the discipline of art history. Throughout your second and third years, there are opportunities for you to develop and expand your engagement with the discipline through a range of specialist modules. As well as options that explore Renaissance and Baroque art, modernism, contemporary art, French painting, Surrealism, photography and aesthetics, this programme also offers an introduction to work-related skills directly relevant to employment in the visual arts sector, such as visual arts writing and exhibition curation. The Classical & Archaeological Studies element of your degree offers a hugely interesting and varied range of subjects including: literature, mythology, drama, archaeology, architecture, art, languages and philosophy, and looks at the way they all connect in the study of ancient civilisations. Independent rankings In the National Student Survey 2013 Archaeology ranked 12th and Classics 14th for student satisfaction. In addition, 93% of arts students were satisfied with the quality of their course. In The Guardian University Guide 2014, Classics and Archaeology at... [-]