Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art and Architecture

This intensive one-year course offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the history of art and architecture. You will learn to critically analyse and interpret art objects and buildings, and will engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform the study and practice of the history of art. On this course, you will get the chance to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in periods from medieval to contemporary, focusing on painting, sculpture, print culture, architecture, photography, digital art and museology. You will work closely with our staff while also benefiting from our diverse and vibrant student body of all ages and backgrounds. The teaching programme is enriched by museum and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved as volunteers in research and community outreach activities. 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. You will acquire and develop skills and knowledge of the discipline up to final-year undergraduate level. And, by studying this course, you will be able to apply to Birkbeck's MA History of Art, MA Museum Cultures and other Master's programmes offered by the School of Arts. If you don't want to progress to a Master's degree, this course will help you continue your exploration of the history of art and architecture at a higher level. You also have the option to join our study trips, offered each spring. Cities visited in the last few years include: Florence, Paris, Venice, Vienna, Rome, Berlin and Moscow. Find out more about our staff and student activities on the Birkbeck History of Art blog or join us at one of our information evenings, held throughout the year. This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).

Entry requirements

Graduate Certificate: Good first degree or equivalent. If you do not already hold a first degree, but believe that you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Certificate through other experience and educational achievements, please contact the admissions tutor.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based entirely around coursework (no examinations). It develops incrementally from a 2000-word essay, on to two 2500-word essays and a 2500-word research exercise. It culminates in a 5000-word extended essay based on your own research. At each stage of the programme you receive written feedback on your coursework, so you can use the feedback to improve the next piece of work.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Graduate Certificate Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (England) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
Telephone number: 
02039070700