Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art with Photography

Photography has become the major form of image-making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. Its role in all fields of the arts and sciences, including those most personal, is being expanded, renewed and questioned by the mushrooming of digital culture. This programme enables you to learn about - and to negotiate your individual path through - historical and contemporary photographic cultures, in order to develop your interests, whether your engagement with the medium is academic, artistic, personal or vocational.

Course modules

You begin with a compulsory core module, which introduces different current approaches, methodologies and debates involved in the study of the histories of art, visual culture and photography. You then choose 1 option module, which varies from year to year. The option modules listed below are indicative and may change. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for further information. These assessed elements are supported by a series of research skills workshops. Core module: Current Approaches to History of Art . Indicative option modules: Art and Identity: 'Race', Ideology, Culture; Art Nouveau: Art, Design, Modernity in Paris 1889-1914; Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences; Framing and Narrating Modern Art in the Museum; Gender, Modernity and the City; Gothic in England: Architecture, Liturgy and Identity 1170-1360; Histories in Transition: Visual Culture, History and Memory in South Africa and Beyond; Inventing the Victorians; Museum Environments; Museums, Memory and National Identity; Photography and the Index; The Art of Persuasion: Religious Imagery and the Catholic Reformation .

Assessment methods

Coursework essays of 5000 words each.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Funds are available to support research expenses for your coursework on this MA. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,925 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 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: 
Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
02076316110