Taught course

Visual Culture

University of Nottingham · Department of Art History

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 (or international equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

MA Visual Culture fosters close analysis of visual culture across a broad chronological period from the Renaissance to the present day and from a range of theoretical and historical approaches. You will be encouraged to develop a rigorous critical approach that engages with the issues and debates that surround the production, display, and reception of visual culture, and the issues that pertain to the historical study of visual culture as a discipline.

You will complement your studies in art history and visual culture with a module taken in another department, such as history, geography (staff will advise on availability and suitability).

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

MA students are part of the lively research community in the Department of Culture, Media and Visual Studies. The MA Visual Culture is supported by the Centre for Research in Visual Culture. The Centre is concerned with all aspects of art and visual culture, and reflects the research interests of staff and students. In addition to your timetabled classes, you will attend regular seminars and symposia hosted by the Centre. They also take advantage of events and exhibitions at local art museums and galleries. .

Key facts

  • This course has been designed to foster critical thinking and to develop your analytical skills – this is achieved by addressing a broad range of material
  • You will be offered sessions devoted to research and presentation skills; these sessions are designed to offer you practical support as a postgraduate student
  • When appropriate, seminars are held in the Djanogly Art Gallery, in the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Nottingham or Nottingham Contemporary
  • MA Visual Culture is supported by the Centre for Research in Visual Culture

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

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559