Studying art history at postgraduate level will

Through fascinating and ground-breaking case studies from Raphael to the London skyline, the MA in Art History will allow you to engage with fundamental questions that relate to famous works you encounter in art galleries as well as the everyday images appearing in the world around you. In the first year (A843), you will explore the core concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history. In the second year (A844) you will build on these foundations to expand your understanding of visual and material objects by considering art history and art and design in their intellectual, institutional and professional contexts. In this final year, you will also plan, research and write an extended piece of work based on your own interests.

Students attending an Art History study day in October 2015

Students attending a study day in October 2015

The MA is all online and you will contribute to a community with students all over the world studying the same materials through our online forums. In addition, many of our students get together independently and arrange visits to galleries and exhibitions. Furthermore, OU Art History usually organises at least one postgraduate study day a year, allowing you to meet members from the discipline and module authors as well as fellow students. 

For some of the types of activities that go on, check out twitter and instagram with our hashtags #ouarthistma.

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