Department of History of Art

History of Art postgraduate degrees (MA)

Why study an MA at Nottingham?

The Department of History of Art provides an excellent environment to support postgraduate studies in art history and visual culture, with contemporary and historic art exhibitions on campus and in the surrounding region.

We provide a supportive and friendly environment for students, with dedicated working space, teaching opportunities, and regular postgraduate seminars, conferences and workshops.

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Teaching and learning

The MA in Art History fosters close analysis of art and visual culture across a broad chronological period.  

It looks at art from the Renaissance to the present day from a range of theoretical and historical approaches.

Students are encouraged to develop a rigorous critical approach that engages with the issues and debates that surround the production, display, and reception of art and its historical and social context.

Postgraduate teaching draws directly on the current research of staff in the department and reflects an engagement with the latest art historical scholarship. Students are encouraged to develop independent research and critical thinking skills in order to produce original work on topics in their chosen field.

History of Art students are also invited to undertake up to two professional development modules which allow you to apply your specialist masters training in a careers context.

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space.

Key spaces for History of Art students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to Art History students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals, and the Lakeside Arts Centre


Dr Mark Rawlinson explains how postgraduate students can become involved in exhibitions at the Djanogly Art Gallery.

See an extended video of Faculty of Arts staff discussing their research and use of public spaces.

Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate history of art students

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Nottingham offers a range of opportunities to transform your subject specialisms into practical skills, and gain valuable experience sought by employers.

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Art History MA

Visual Culture MA

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University of Nottingham
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