Are you fascinated by paintings, sculpture and architecture? Do you love visiting galleries and exhibitions, and wish you knew more about the history, techniques and terminology of art?
If so, our two-year, part-time Undergraduate Certificate in the History of Art might be the right choice for you. Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, it offers an excellent introduction for students who want to develop their knowledge of art through structured study. You will learn more about how artworks are made, and receive an overview of the development of Western art from the classical period to the 20th century. You do not need to have any formal qualification or previous study in the subject area.
The first year will give you an introduction to techniques, ways of looking at the visual arts, and the necessary terms that will underpin all further study. In the second year, you will explore various historical periods in art in greater depth.
Tutors will lead visits to museums and art galleries throughout the course, with trips to current exhibitions whenever possible. Oxford has a wealth of museums and gallery spaces, and we will take every opportunity to introduce these to you.
Completing this course will prepare you well for further study, for example, the Department’s Undergraduate Diploma in the History of Art.
You will be invited to receive your Certificate at the annual Awards Ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
The syllabus and teaching of the course are aimed at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). An Undergraduate Certificate in the History of Art (120 CATS points) will be awarded to students on completion of the two years of the course. Credit points may be transferred to the Open University, modular universities such as Oxford Brookes University, and other institutions of higher education.
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The course is taught through weekly sessions held on Wednesday mornings in Oxford. The classes are lively, structured and informative with plenty of time for discussion. Each class will be illustrated with slides and video material.
There will also be study visits to museums and galleries, which we will make every effort to arrange at convenient times.
You will need to spend about 8–10 hours in home study per week in term time.
You will need enthusiasm, commitment and a high degree of motivation if you are to enjoy and complete this course. You do not need any formal qualification or previous study of the history of art.
The Course Director is Dr Janina Ramirez.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesArt History View 218 other Masters in Art History in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
You will need enthusiasm, commitment and a high degree of motivation if you are to enjoy and complete this course. You do not need any formal qualification or previous study of the history of art. We will judge all applicants by the same criteria – an evidence of interest in the subject, the necessary language skills, a determination to succeed and sufficient time available to devote to studying.
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