The University of Buckingham’s one-year MA by research in the History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism gives an overview of the development of Western art and its leading artists and movements and offers students the chance to study in depth an approved topic of their choosing. A supervisor will oversee each stage of the research – whether that be into such subjects, for example, as Renaissance portraits, aspects of the Baroque, Impressionist techniques or post-war British art – offering not just art historical guidance but also information about research techniques and dissertation structure. The aim is to produce a 25,000-word dissertation that sheds new light on the topic.
This programme is London-based and directed by the distinguished art historian, Michael Prodger. The course of research is complemented by a series of guest seminars presented by an internationally distinguished group of art historians, artists and gallerists.
Seminar dates 2022-23
Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise stated. The dates for 2022/23 are:
- 5 October – Professor Martin Kemp on Leonardo an Michelangelo
- 19 October – Letizia Treves on Caravaggio and Caravaggism
- 2 November – Helen Hillyard on the Dutch Golden Age
- 16 November – Dr Xavier Bray on the Spanish Golden Age
- 14 December – Professor Robin Simon on the Long British Eighteenth Century
- 4 January – Michael Prodger on Neoclassicism and Romanticism
- 18 January – Dr Richard Cork on Picasso
- 1 February – Dr Kathleen Soriano on Post-war and Contemporary Art
- 15 February – Martin Gayford on Talking to Artists
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE
The guest speaker seminars will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE.
Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge
What our students say
James Broomfield: ‘The University of Buckingham’s MA in the History of Art is an academically rigorous and highly rewarding post-graduate programme. I came to it as a practising artist looking for a new set of challenges. Attending first as an Associate student the lectures were inspirational. My interest in the modern was informed by a set of brilliant contextualizing lectures spanning the history of great art from the Renaissance onwards.
‘The convenience and splendour of the central London location and the opportunity to debate issues over dinner with distinguished tutors set this course apart from anything I had previously experienced. So much so that I came back as an MA student the next year – and thoroughly enjoyed the course again, making good friends from a fascinatingly varied and able cohort. Importantly, I was brilliantly well supported throughout my research and the dissertation writing process by the ablest and motivational of personal tutors. Studying History of Art at Buckingham was, without a doubt, the best educational experience of my life, and I commend the course to you: it is beyond excellent.’
Suzanne Phillips: ‘For me this course for me was inspiring, enabling flexible and in-depth study of my chosen research topic together with excellent support and critical analysis from expert supervisors. There was also regular stimulating engagement, informal debate and the exchange of ideas with fellow research students throughout the course, either meeting in central London or virtually. The guest lecturers, leading specialists in their field, were superb and overall they brought the breadth and range of art history from renaissance to modernism brilliantly to life, with thought-provoking insights and cogently argued contextualisation. The course was welcoming and inclusive for all its students and I found that the range of art-history topics addressed was ideal for the intellectually curious and for those who wish to become more visually literate.’
Gabriella Lecis: ‘The University of Buckingham MA in History of Art, gave me the opportunity to attend a series of lectures by world-class art historians. The original format of the course which includes a post-lecture dinner, creates an informal, less intimidating atmosphere encouraging truly inspiring interaction with the lecturers. The support and encouragement from the Course Director and the supervisory team nurtured my research and academic skills during the writing of the dissertation, making my MA a life-enriching and enormously stimulating experience.’
For those who wish to attend the evening research seminar programme, but are unable to devote the time to research, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student. This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and dinners and to take a full part in the seminar and dinner discussions but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for and do not receive, the MA degree.
For further details contact
Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514