History of Art and Art-world Practice

HISTORY OF ART & ART-WORLD PRACTICE

The joint Christie’s Education and University of Glasgow undergraduate degree offers a unique pathway to a career in the art world or further study. This four-year course, leading to an undergraduate MA, combines the teaching of practical art-world skills with the opportunity to develop research abilities in a variety of areas.

The teaching at Christie’s Education in the first two years emphasises direct contact with works of art. There are frequent visits to London museums, conservation studios and the auction house, field trips to important sites in the British Isles, and two study trips abroad each year, all of which are included in the course fees. Where possible, you will have the opportunity to handle objects. Recent trips have included Barcelona, Cologne, Munich, Paris, Rome and Venice.

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance and Renaissance to Modern

In your first year, lectures will concentrate on the ancient world including Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Carolingian, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and the great age of European medieval art and architecture during the Romanesque and Gothic periods. The year ends with the beginnings of the Renaissance covering both Southern and Northern Europe.

In your second year you will focus on the High Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical periods before going on to study the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the Arts and Crafts movement. The year ends with study of the origins of modern art in Impressionism, Post- impressionism and Art Nouveau, culminating in the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century.

Years 3 and 4

In your third and fourth years you will progress to Honours-level study at the University of Glasgow. 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.

Assessment 

Assessment is through a variety of different written assignments, exams and slide tests: conventional art- historical essays, discussion of objects using a curatorial model, and evaluation of display contexts. The major exams require you to catalogue a range of previously unseen objects, employing your understanding of the full range of materials and techniques used in their making. The assignments closely follow the lecture series which is given both by lecturers from Christie’s Education and outside experts.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

MA

Entry requirements at a glance

A-levels: Minimum entry BB (subject to interview) or international equivalent.

For full details of entry requirements, please contact Christie's Education, admissions@christies.com.

Interview policy

Applicants must attend an interview with the relevant faculty member who will assess their suitability for the programme.

Interviews can be arranged in London throughout the year, in New York between February and May, and in Hong Kong at the end of May. Interviews normally last about one hour and you will be asked to discuss a selection of images as well as your particular interests. 

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

For full details of entry requirements, please contact Christie’s Education, admissions@christies.com.

Career prospects

You will be prepared for jobs in the art world having developed your cataloguing skills, artefact analysis, auction house, gallery and museum processes. You will have the opportunity to pursue further study opportunities, including specialist Masters, MSc and PhD paths.

Important information

Tuition fees for the first two years of this MA programme are set, managed and processed by Christies Education. Tuition fees for years three and four are set, managed and processed by the University of Glasgow. For further information about Christie's Education and their tuition fees, please see: Christie's Education: History of Art & Art-World Practice.

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:

MA

  • KIS
    History of Art & Art-world Practice (Lon): VW31

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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 over the last year.

Note

Tuition fees for the first two years of this MA programme are set, managed and processed by Christies Education. Tuition fees for years three and four are set, managed and processed by the University of Glasgow. For further information about Christie's Education and their tuition fees, please see: Christie's Education: History of Art & Art-World Practice.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

Who should apply?

Candidates should expect to show a high level of motivation and enthusiasm for art history, as well as the capacity to manage their time for the sustained and intense programme of study. An excellent command of English both written and spoken is essential.

UCAS deadlines

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.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Widening participation

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.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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