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University of East Anglia UEA: History of Art

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Art, Media and American Studies
Telephone 01603 591515
Study type Taught


About This Course

Art has the ability to challenge and sustain worldviews, cultures and identities. On this Master’s course you’ll explore that ability, delving into the rich and complex relationship between art and human experience throughout the extended modern period, from the 15th to the 21st century.

Your studies will draw on conceptual tools derived from a number of disciplines, including anthropology and philosophy as well as art history. In this wide-ranging programme, you’ll gain a deep understanding of art’s fascinating role within the long history of modernity.

You’ll have opportunities to study the world-famous collection of art held in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, itself a celebrated icon of modern museum architecture.


On this course you’ll study artistic production, visual representation and modern cultural experience. At the same time you’ll develop crucial skills in imaginative looking, critical thinking, robust writing and fluent, confident communication. You’ll expand and deepen your understanding of art’s histories in the modern period, develop your intellectual and professional skills, and study with outstanding students and academics.

Your studies will comprise four taught modules and a dissertation. In each module you’ll pursue a single theme central to dialogues between art and humanity. These include art’s relationship with identity and the body, the intersections between art, everyday life and urban experience, and the lively exchanges between art and scientific innovation. Your supervised dissertation will allow you to explore and develop specialist knowledge in your specific areas of interest in a sustained way.

You’ll experience close and imaginative encounters with artworks and critical engagements with some of the most crucial aspects of modern art history and cultural theory. For instance, how have cultural practices responded to the waves of change brought about by the development of modernity? How does art connect with wider social, political and cultural forces? What is the role of art in allowing us to discover who we are, both as individuals and as communities? What are the most rewarding ways to think and write about art? The course takes a distinctive approach to the study of these questions, with the content of each module spanning centuries, yet cohered by a central theme.


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University of East Anglia

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