This intensive one-year course offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the history of art and architecture. You will learn to critically analyse and interpret art objects and buildings, and will engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform the study and practice of the history of art.

On this course, you will get the chance to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in periods from medieval to contemporary, focusing on painting, sculpture, print culture, architecture, photography, digital art and museology. You will work closely with our staff while also benefiting from our diverse and vibrant student body of all ages and backgrounds. The teaching programme is enriched by museum and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved as volunteers in research and community outreach activities.

Study Details:

Grad Cert 1 year part-time

Module Details:


  • History of Art and Architecture: Skills and Approaches


  • Art and Patronage in Papal Rome c. 1534-1590
  • Art and the Sacred in the Middle Ages
  • Art as Critique: Caricature, Modernity and the Avant-Garde
  • Art of the British Empire
  • Concrete and Flesh: Modern Architecture and the Body
  • Modernism in Scandinavian Art and Design
  • Photography Between Art and Document, 1839 to Now
  • Seventeenth-Century Painting in the Netherlands
  • Strategies of Display: Avant-Garde Exhibitions, The White Cube and Beyond
  • The Aesthetics of Politics: Picturing the Victorian State

Student Destinations

Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.


Part-time home/EU students: £2800 paPart-time international students: £5075 pa

Entry Requirements

Good first degree or equivalent.

If you do not already hold a first degree, but believe that you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Certificate through other experience and educational achievements, please contact the admissions tutor.

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