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 as Renaissance portraits, aspects of the Baroque, Impressionist techniques or postwar British art, offering not just art historical guidance but 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 groundbreaking programme is London-based and directed by the art historian Michael Prodger. The course will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars presented by an internationally distinguished group of art historians, artists and gallerists.
The guest speaker seminars will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE.
Each seminar (approximately 70 minutes, beginning at 18:30) is followed by a post-seminar dinner, for those who wish to attend, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. The cost of the post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.
History of Art 2018-19 seminar dates
10th October 2018 Martin Kemp on Leonardo and Michaelangelo
24th October 2018 Martin Gayford on the Renaissance
7th November 2018 Xavier Bray on Spanish Golden Age painting
21st November 2018 Helen Langdon on the Baroque
5th December 2018 Andrew Graham-Dixon on Caravaggio
9th January 2019 Robin Simon on the long British 18th century
23rd January 2019 Michael Prodger on Neoclassicism and Romanticism
6th February 2019 Maryanne Stevens on Courbet and the Impressionists
20th February 2019 Richard Cork on Picasso, Matisse and Modernism
6th March 2019 Kathleen Soriano on postwar and contemporary art
What our students say:
“Just to be clear 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.” James Broomfield
For those who wish to attend the evening research seminar programme, but 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
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook