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History of Art, Theory & Display MSc

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MSc History of Art, Theory and Display - 1 Year (Full-time)
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MSc History of Art, Theory and Display - 2 Years (Part-time)
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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Dr Viccy Coltman (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8426
Email: viccy.coltman@ed.ac.uk
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9JX

This programme offers you a number of ways in which to explore your chosen field of study and is perfect for providing you with a comprehensive overview, prior to taking on more specialised studies.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections
  • CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Programme description

You'll examine art in its historical contexts, the theoretical frameworks of interpretation and their relationship as physical objects to practices and concepts of display.

You have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through an optional internship within one of Edinburgh's many museums or galleries.

Equally spread over the pre and post-1800 periods, the programme content will allow you to develop an excellent knowledge of the discipline of art history, advanced research abilities as well as valuable vocational experience.

Programme structure

Teaching includes a mixture of small-group teaching, individual tutorials, research seminars, lectures, and an internship, subject to availability. Half of the working week involves independent study and research. Formal assessment is by means of essays, project work and a dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the programme will:

  • have studied courses offering them a thorough grounding in the History of Art
  • if choosing the internship option, students will have valuable work experience in a field related to art history, and/or in writing art criticism
  • have completed a major piece of original, independent art historical research
  • have shown themselves to be capable of further research in the History of Art

History of Art is an interdisciplinary subject that provides transferable skills in the analysis of images and texts, research, academic writing, public presentations, and IT.

Career opportunities

The wide-ranging nature of this programme will equip you for further, more specialised study, and potentially a future academic career. The vocational element of your learning is the ideal stepping-stone to a career in art history, possibly within one of the many institutions that make up Edinburgh's rich cultural fabric. You'll also have gained an array of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which will prove an asset in any career.

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