Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

MA History of Art and History of Music

UCAS code: VW33

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA History of Art and History of Music

As a combined honours programme, our History of Art and History of Music programme permits equally-weighted study in both subjects.

History of art will introduce you to art from different periods and world cultures. You will learn how, and for whom, works of art were made, as well as situating artworks within visual and material culture more broadly. You will explore the meanings of works of art and visual culture and the ways they continue to be interpreted. In your final years, you will have the opportunity to specialise in particular aspects of the field, as well as developing independent research projects and a dissertation. In Year 3, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad, if you wish.

In history of music you will explore the aesthetic, cultural, social and political contexts of a broad repertoire of music. You will be introduced to a wide variety of issues relating to the production and reception of both popular and western art music, and in Years 3 and 4 you will choose from a diverse range of options, and have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a music-related topic.

You will find that the subjects on this programme are complementary, since many ideas and movements are shared across the visual arts and music, and in particular across historical periods. Both subjects benefit from shared methodologies and historical contexts.

Year 1

You will study History of Art 1, which covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation. This will include non-Western material.

You will also study Popular Music History, which explores the texts and contexts of popular music from 1800, and Thinking about Music, in which you will engage with a broad musical repertoire and be introduced to some of the major debates surrounding the study of music. You will also choose an option course from another subject area.

Year 2

You will study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day. You will also study Music 2A, Music from the Middle Ages to Viennese Classicism, and Music 2B, Music and Ideas from Romanticism to the Late 20th Century.

Year 3

You will take a selection of history of art and history of music courses. You will also complete an independent history of art project and a music research methods course. Study abroad is possible in Year 3.

Year 4

You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3. You will also write a dissertation in either history of art or music.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2018/19)

Our facilities

Most history of art teaching takes place in the University's Central Area or at the Lauriston campus at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Most music teaching takes place in Alison House, in the University’s Central Area, as well as at the Reid Concert Hall, St Cecilia’s Hall, and other locations across ECA.

You will have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities and can take advantage of Edinburgh's galleries and museums, many of which are located near the University.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Europe and North America, via Erasmus and other international exchange schemes.

For details see the information available for Student Exchanges on the Edinburgh Global webpage.

Student Exchanges

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

In history of art, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, individual supervision and museum and gallery visits. In history of music, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and individual supervisions.

How will I be assessed?

In history of art, you will be assessed by coursework and exams. In Years 3 and 4, you will complete at least one independent project and a longer dissertation. In history of music, you will again be assessed by coursework and exams.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

This programme will prepare you for a range of careers such as curatorships in galleries and museums, art/music journalism, publishing, public relations, media, art dealing, tourism, sound archives, graphics, advertising, heritage management, and auctioneering.

Some graduates use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, while some choose to go on to further study.

Typical offer range

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher Music required. National 5: English at Grade C. (Revised 22/10/2018 to reflect that we no longer require Mathematics or an approved science.)
  • A Levels: ABB including Music. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4. (Revised 22/10/2018 to reflect that we no longer require Mathematics or an approved science.)
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Music. SL: English at 5. (Revised 22/10/2018 to reflect that we no longer require Mathematics or an approved science.)

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

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

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA History of Art and History of Music

Additional costs

You will bear the costs of printing your work, for example your final year dissertation, which must be submitted on paper. In addition, there may be small costs associated with travel to visit exhibitions, but these are usually limited to c£10-£20 per visit.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding