Taught course

History of Art (Modern and Contemporary Art)

University of York · Department of History of Art

Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent. We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds. Applicants below 2:1 or equivalent will be considered on condition of an interview with the programme leader

We will consider applications from mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications if you have substantial related experience. We may ask you for an interview in this instance.

Months of entry


Course content

Modern and contemporary art has great cultural significance for our lives today. Numerous galleries and museums globally specialise in these works, offering diverse definitions of modernity and the contemporary era.

Develop your ability to analyse images, art and architecture in a conceptual way; this is an increasingly valuable skill in a contemporary society with innovative technologies for visual research and communication.

Our flexible course enables you to study a wide variety of works ranging from painting, sculpture and architecture, to photography, installation, and performance art, and to also engage with new media and the digital world.

You’ll go on field trips for practical experience, and to benefit from Yorkshire’s strong modern and contemporary art presence. The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Henry Moore Institute are all within easy reach.

We have developed successful partnerships with a range of modern art museums and galleries, which will enrich your studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component.

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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