Taught course

Art History

Aberystwyth University · School of Art

Entry requirements

BA 2:2 (56% or above) hons degree or equivalent in Fine Art or Art History.

Months of entry


Course content

Supervision in British 19th and 20th-century art; design and architecture; history of printmaking; book illustration; photography; photography and the cinema; art in Wales; ceramics; women's art; craft and design; museum and gallery studies; Renaissance studies; landscape studies; visual and religious culture. Taught courses, project, research project and dissertation.

This course is designed to help you develop your understanding of art history by engaging with it as an intellectual pursuit and a professional discipline; one which requires training, skill and practice as well as individual creativity. This course aims to extend your knowledge and experience in art history, train you in research methodologies and stimulate vigorous intellectual inquiry in the subject.

Aberystwyth University's MA in Art History features a number of modules which will encourage you to direct your studies into areas of art which particularly fascinate you. This course of study is designed to enable you to delve deeply into your chosen specialism, whether that focuses on specific materials, styles, time periods or locations. The School of Art at Aberystwyth provides supervision and specialist knowledge in a huge range of subjects including British art, ceramics, contemporary painting, graphic arts (including book illustration and much more), Nineteenth Century European Art, museum and gallery studies, the visual culture of religion, Wales and art, and women's art, crafts and design.

In addition to teaching, the School holds registered museum status from the Museums and Galleries Commission of Great Britain, and houses a teaching and research collection of over 16,000 items, including original paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics and decorative art. The School of Art also administers the Catherine Lewis Trust Fund, which continues to acquire important works of art for the University.

The minimum entry requirement for the MA in Art History is at least a BA Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. Candidates should include a copy of an undergraduate dissertation, extended essay or a published article, together with a statement of the specific area(s) of interest in art history. This need not confine the candidate to a particular subject area at this stage, but will give us an indication of interests. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Robert Meyrick
+44 (0) 1970 622460
+44 (0) 1970 622461