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.

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the 1-year, part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme and do not need to complete an admissions exercise. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

PgDip

Part-time students take the compulsory module, choose 1 option module and undertake a research project or work placement in Year 1. You then choose a further option module in Year 2.
Core module:

Current Approaches to History of Art .

Research project/work placement option modules:

Museum Cultures Work Placement;
Research Project Report MA History of Art .

Indicative option modules:

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;
Histories in Transition: Visual Culture, History and Memory in South Africa and Beyond;
Inventing the Victorians;
Museums, Memory and National Identity;
Photography and the Index .

MA

Part-time students take the compulsory module, choose 1 option module and undertake a research project or work placement in Year 1. You then choose a further option module and undertake your dissertation in Year 2.
Core module:

Current Approaches to History of Art .

Indicative option modules:

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;
Histories in Transition: Visual Culture, History and Memory in South Africa and Beyond;
Inventing the Victorians;
Museums, Memory and National Identity;
Photography and the Index .

Research project/work placement option modules:

Museum Cultures Work Placement;
Research Project Report MA History of Art;
Research/Placement Project and Report MA Film, Television and Screen Media .

Dissertation.

PgCert

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

PgDip

3 essays (1 for each core course and option module) of 5000 words each and a research project, which can take the form of a visual submission, or a work placement.

MA

3 essays (1 for each core course and option module) of 5000 words each; a research project, which can take the form of a visual submission; and a 15,000-word dissertation, which may include a visual component.

PgCert

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 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,375 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time October 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6110