Taught course

Arts: Text, Image, Material

Birkbeck, University of London · School of Arts

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in an arts or humanities subject.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may be considered if they have demonstrable experience of or aptitude for arts-related work or study.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

This MA Arts: Text, Image, Material provides you with an extensive understanding of arts as disciplinary practices, along with the study of texts, images and material cultures. You will also gain advanced knowledge of disciplinary-specific topics and perspectives in one or more of the following areas:

  • English
  • Theatre Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Film, Media, Arts Management
  • Modern Languages
  • Comparative Literature
  • History of Art.

You will examine the historical, geographical and social contexts that produce and regulate the production of text, image and material culture, as well as the significance of arts practices in relation to individual and group identities.

This master's programme enables you to learn how to critique the arts from an informed, contemporary position, and focuses on how to critique issues of inclusivity, equality and diversity in arts practices and the cultural industries.


  • Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research and one of the top four universities in the UK for its Art and Design research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • You will have access to an incredible range of resources, including the Birkbeck Library and our in-house resources centre, the British Library, specialist libraries at the University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art, Royal Institute of British Architects and V&A, as well as the visual resources of the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A, Barbican Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hayward Gallery and Royal Academy, and many commercial galleries and salesrooms.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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