History of Art MA
History of art seeks to understand how and why paintings, sculptures, buildings and works in a variety of media come to look the way they do.
You will benefit from the extensive collections of the University’s library and the resources of The Hunterian, the University’s museum and art gallery, which feature the world-famous Hunter, Whistler and Mackintosh collections.
In your third-year vacation you will receive a grant to assist you to visit museums, galleries and buildings relevant to your chosen course options.
The first year provides an introduction to history of art by analysing its main trends in two courses: Art History and its Materials and Techniques (semester 1) and Classicism and Naturalism (semester 2). These have been selected so as to provide an accessible and wide-ranging programme of study, even if you are new to art history. They allow you to study works by some of the best-known artists, designers and architects of all time and also introduce you to some key issues in history of art: the uses of different techniques and materials, and relationships between art theory, the role of art patrons and the concept of style. The two courses taken in sequence will prepare you for further levels of study, but either can be taken as an introduction to the discipline by students not intending to take it beyond Level-1.
You will study two further thematic groups, building on those studied at Level-1. At this stage of the programme, greater emphasis is placed on theoretical and contextual issues, useful foundations for progression to the more detailed study undertaken at Honours level. You will also be introduced to contrasted art-historical approaches and methods and to a range of backgrounds to the production and consumption of art.
You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will prepare a dissertation and study a wide range of special options concentrating on specific periods and artists. There are core courses on methodological aspects of art history, and research skills in art history. You can apply for the opportunity to include a work placement as part of your Honours programme.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
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Partnership and industry links
The University has major, externally funded collaborative research projects with other national institutions, including the National Gallery; Victoria & Albert Museum; the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; and the Freer Art Gallery, USA.
Our international links
We have an Erasmus agreement with Bonn University Institute for Art History in Germany, enabling suitably qualified students to spend their third year there.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.
- Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = ABBB. S5 & S6 cumulative requirement = AAAAAB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Higher English AND a Higher humanities OR language subject at grade A/B or B/A.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.
Accepted humanities and languages Highers
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher and another humanities/language/social science Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below:
- Business Management
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Modern Studies
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including English AND a humanities subject (or language). While HL6 is preferred for English and Humanities/Language subjects, SL6 will be considered for ONE of the subjects.
Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]
A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
This degree offers an excellent starting point for careers in publishing, journalism, teaching and librarianship, and for work in museums, galleries, the heritage sector, art dealing and auction houses. In recent years, our graduates have been appointed to posts including a Getty Collections Management Internship in the USA, and to curatorial or administrative posts at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; Handel House, London; and the Design and Artists Collecting Society, London.
Degrees and UCAS codes
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
History of Art: V350
Archaeology/History Of Art: VVH4
Central & East European Studies/History of Art: RVP3
Comparative Literature/History of Art: QVF3
Computing Science/History of Art: GVK3
Digital Media & Information Studies/History of Art: GV5H
English Literature/History of Art: QVHH
Film & Television Studies/History of Art: VW36
French/History Of Art: RVC3
Geography/History of Art: LVR3
German/History Of Art: RVF3
Greek/History of Art: QVR3
- History of Art/Business & Management: NVF3
History of Art/Italian: RVH3
History of Art/Latin: QVP3
History of Art/Mathematics: GVC3
History of Art/Music: VWH3
History of Art/Philosophy: VVH5
History of Art/Politics: LVF3
History of Art/Psychology [*]: CVV3
History of Art/Russian: RV73
History of Art/Scottish History: VVF3
History of Art/Scottish Literature: QV23
History of Art/Social & Public Policy: LVK3
History of Art/Theatre Studies: VWH4
History of Art/Theology & Religious Studies: VV36
History/History Of Art: VVD3
Portuguese/History of Art: 8C7D
Sociology/History of Art: LV6H
- Spanish/History of Art: V3R4
[*] Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2017 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2017-18 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annumore information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2017
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.