Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Art and Architecture

This programme 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. If you want to study history of art, or a similar course, at Master's level (either at Birkbeck or elsewhere) 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. If you are not intending to progress to an MA, the programme will allow you to continue your exploration of the history of art and architecture at a higher level. We offer taster events and information evenings for prospective students interested in our history of art programmes throughout the year.

Entry requirements

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. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You will take the Graduate Certificate core course, History of Art and Architecture: Skills and Practice. The course introduces you to the core skills of how to analysis images, objects and buildings and some of the different theoretical approaches that are used in this subject area. You will also take one BA History of Art option module, alongside 3rd- and 4th-year BA students. Option modules: Art and architecture at the early Stuart courts; art and architecture in Rome c 1500 - 1527; art and the sacred in the Middle Ages; art in America since 1945; electronic visions: Video, animation, kinetic and computer art since the 1950s; English portraiture in the long 18th century; fin de siecle Vienna; modernism in Scandinavian art and design; spaces of modernity: City, suburb and countryside in the 19th century.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts offers a small number of bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time £ 2,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time £ 4,575 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time £ 2,700 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8369