At its core is the Special Option, which gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in one particular area of the discipline under the guidance of a leading expert in that field. This specialist focus is supplemented by a core methodology seminar which explores the intellectual foundations of our subject. These taught components lead to an independent research project, which is closely supervised by the Special Option tutor.
Each MA Special Option group consists of no more than ten students, whose shared commitment to an in-depth investigation of the topic adds immeasurably to the learning experience. Every year, The Courtauld welcomes approximately 140 -170 students from all over the world on to the MA History of Art programme.
Students follow one Special Option during their MA year. When applying, you are asked to select three from the range of twenty or more Options that are offered annually, stating your order of preference. We hope that most students whom we accept are able to follow one of their preferred Options, but as many are oversubscribed this may not be possible.
The MA History of Art is assessed on the following:
- Two 4000 word essays on aspects of special option (one each in terms 1 & 2)
- A virtual exhibition (term 2)
- A dissertation of approximately 10000 words (completed in term 3)
The virtual exhibition complements the other elements of the coursework and involves the selection and presentation of works of art that you would include in an exhibition addressing a particular theme.
The dissertation is researched and written over a period of approximately three months with full supervision from a member of staff. It forms a complete induction into primary research methods and all aspects of the presentation of research. The topic generally arises from the previous two terms’ study, and the supervisor is usually the member of staff who taught the special option.
Bachelor’s Degree – Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.
We accept overseas qualifications equivalent to a 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).
If you hold a qualification from outside of the UK, please feel free to contact the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that our staff are unable to confirm whether you will be invited to interview, as candidates are judged on the strength of their applications as a whole.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
All applicants are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken and written. For applicants whose first language is not English, we require proof of English proficiency – for details, please see the English Language Requirements page.
Home/EU fee: £9,425
Overseas fee: £19,900
Fees are subject to change each academic year. Fee info, including what qualifies as home, EU, and overseas fees, can be found here.
Financial support for your studies
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