Taught course

History of Art (British Art)

University of York · Department of History of Art

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Entry requirements

We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds.

You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

We will consider applications from mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications if you have substantial related experience.

Months of entry


Course content

British art making has been at the heart of a wide range of world-wide networks and dialogues, from the material culture of Anglo-Saxon Britain through the painting and sculpture of eighteenth-century and Victorian Britain, to British Modernism and Britart.

Studying on our MA in British art you’ll investigate notions of national, imperial, cosmopolitan and global visual and material cultures; you’ll be able to engage with debates about British and European cultural identity.

Our flexible degree programme is unique in the variety of works that you can study from painting, sculpture and architecture, through to graphic art, design and craft. You can explore photography, installation, performance and contemporary works engaging with new media, digital and other innovative technologies. You’ll also be able to study modules that are jointly designed and taught in collaboration with the Tate.

We are recognised as one of the leading centres of British Art studies in the UK, and for the excellence of our research environment and research-led teaching.

We have developed successful partnerships with museums, galleries and country houses which will enrich your studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322978