Master of Letters in Art History: Inventing Modern Art

University of Glasgow

Program Description

Master of Letters in Art History: Inventing Modern Art

University of Glasgow

Art History: Inventing Modern Art, 1768-1918MLitt

Inventing Modern Art enables you to understand how painting, design and architecture took new forms and meanings in an age of radical social, scientific and technological change. Working with leading experts, you will learn to interpret these from theoretical as well as object-based approaches.

Why this programme

  • World-leading resources, from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s School of Art to the Burrell Collection and The Hunterian, home to the world’s largest public Whistler display.
  • State-of-the-art collections access at the new Kelvin Hall Study Centre, and tuition by specialists including the Mackintosh and European Modernism Academic Curator.

Programme Structure

The programme offers a wide-ranging mix of taught and research components and is taught by a team including the Academic Curator in Mackintosh studies and European Modernism, and experts in the Enlightenment, Whistler, Impressionism, the Vienna Secession, and dress history.

The 20-credit core course on 'Research Methods in Practice' is taken by all students in Semester 1, and provides an introduction to the key techniques and principles of advanced art-historical study and research. This provides a foundation for the programme's other components, which consist of:

  • A compulsory dissertation(60 credits;15-20,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography). This is submitted in August and written under the guidance of a specialist tutor. It provides an opportunity for self-directed research on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the programme convener and the tutor.
  • Five individual option courses, each worth 20 credits. These enable you to study particular themes or artistic movements in depth, and, if desired, also to obtain work experience. They include opportunities for first-hand engagement with relevant work in local collections and the new Kelvin Hall Collections Study Centre and are selected from the following list.

Some courses are taught in Semester 1 and some in Semester 2 (not all are available each year):

  • Whistler, Impressionism, and European Avant-Gardes
  • Impressionism: Innovation and Invention 1874-1926
  • The Artistic House
  • Reading International Art Nouveau
  • Historicism: German Art, Architecture and Design 1850-1918
  • The Birth of Modern Fashion? Textiles and Dress, 1680-1815
  • Victorian Visions: Dress and Textiles c. 1837-1901
  • Scottish Textile Histories
  • Object-based research in the decorative arts
  • Collecting East Asian Art
  • Scientists, Antiquarians and Collectors
  • Landscape Art and the Geography of 18th Century Britain
  • Cultures of Collecting
  • Provenance
  • Work Placement
  • Independent Study
  • Student Exhibition
  • Semester Abroad (Ecole du Louvre, Paris)
  • Research Forum

One or more of your option courses may be chosen from those available in other College of Arts subjects, to create a distinctive interdisciplinary emphasis within your degree. The programme convener will give guidance on choices relevant to your personal goals and interests.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2017

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Note: A minimum 2.1 in History of Art or a related subject is required. You should also submit a writing sample of 2-3000 words, a CV and a personal statement. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score7.0
  • 2 subtests, not lower than7.0and no other sub-test lower than6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL:95; no sub-test less than:

    • Reading:23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking:22
    • Writing:24
  • CAE(Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE(Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic(Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 68; no sub-test less than 62

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Career prospects

The programme provides a strong foundation for work in the museum, heritage, and education sectors, as well as in media, publishing, and arts administration.Its distinctive object-based study sessions and field trips introduce you to key professionals, whilst the placement option provides 'live' work experience - an essential first step in much arts employment. Our Art History Masters' graduates have secured curatorial posts at institutions including the Palace of Westminster, V&A Museum, Ironbridge Museum, and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, as well as specialist positions with film and TV companies and auction houses. For those interested in an academic career, the dissertation component provides essential preparation for doctoral research.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 29, 2018
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