Taught course

The Visual Culture of Classical Antiquity

University of Nottingham · Department of Classics

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an ancient history, classics or related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is concerned with the visual culture of classical antiquity and modern theories of its study Greek and Roman sculpture, architecture, mosaics, painting, urbanism. It brings together archaeological, art historical and historical approaches to examine how visual material was treated and understood in antiquity and reinvented for centuries to come. As well as learning how to look at ancient visual evidence and to use it to construct art-historical and historical arguments, students also study a range of responses to and theories around it from various periods of classicism in antiquity to modern advertising; from stylistic analysis to modern media studies. The course includes study trips to sites in the region, such as Kedleston Hall and Castle Howard, as well as to the British Museum and museums in Oxford, Cambridge and Liverpool.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Humanities web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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