Graduate Diploma World Art Studies (Part Time)

"The interdisciplinary nature of the graduate preogramme in the School is unparalleled"

In their words

Lisa Binder, Associate Curator, Museum for African Art, New York

Key facts

(Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings)

Lay the foundations for successful postgraduate study of art history and its related topics with this graduate diploma.

This course is ideal if you don’t yet have a grounding in art and material culture, but are passionate about the subject and aspire to postgraduate study in the field.

You’ll study art history and related topics, choosing optional modules related to your interests and ambitions. You’ll be able to choose from the full range of undergraduate modules offered in Art History and World Art Studies (including those involving archaeological or anthropological approaches to art). In this way you’ll find your own pathway through this rich and fascinating field. 

Overview

On this course you’ll discover the art and architecture of societies and cultures across the globe, from antiquity to today.

Throughout the course you’ll enjoy close and imaginative encounters with artworks. You’ll engage critically with art history and cultural theory.

You’ll ask questions such as, 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, how we have been shaped, and what our potentials are, as both individuals and as communities? What are the most rewarding ways to think and write about art?

You’ll choose between four and six optional modules from the range on offer. The modules on offer address a wide variety of topics, and could include topics such as 20th-century UK and American art, Venetian art and architecture, art in the contemporary world, abstraction, Egyptian material culture, Medieval art, the history of portraiture, and introductions to art history, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and more. Depending on your choice of modules, you’ll have the chance to go on field trips and be able to study artefacts first-hand.

You’ll develop crucial skills in imaginative looking, critical thinking, robust writing and fluent, confident communication.

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

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to study art history at MA level and beyond.

Course Structure

On this course you’ll select modules from the full list of undergraduate teaching in the department. In this way, you’ll be able to tailor your programme to your own interests. You’ll choose 120 credits’ worth of modules from those on offer, all modules being worth either 20 or 30 credits each. Your choice of modules should be evenly spread across both years of study. For example, you might take three 20-credit modules in Year 1 and two 30-credit modules in Year 2.

This will enable you to increase the intensity of your studies as your knowledge develops.

Through the course you’ll develop a range of transferable skills in written and verbal communication and argumentation. You’ll also acquire detailed subject knowledge and an awareness of the complexity of relationships between art and human lived experience.

To support you in your studies, you’ll be assigned a personal academic advisor. They will give you guidance and advice about study skills and offer pastoral support.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

You’ll learn through lectures presented by leading academics from the department. You’ll also participate in small group seminars where you’ll have the chance to engage in focused discussion and intellectual exchange. You’ll prepare for classes by reading and taking notes on a specific topic. In seminars, this will enable you to contribute to in-class discussion.

In taught sessions you will engage with key questions relating to art and material culture through a combination of theoretical models and special subject case studies, meaning that you will have the opportunity to learn about theoretical and philosophical approaches to art and culture, as well as case studies which address specific artists, genres, media and themes, for example. The balance between learning about theoretical issues or subject-specific studies will depend on the modules you choose.

You will learn alongside students who share your interests, having the chance to engage in lively debate in a supportive and vibrant learning environment.

In both lectures and seminars you’ll pay close attention to specific artworks as well as engaging in analysis of art historical and theoretical texts. Many modules involve site visit or fieldtrips, giving you first-hand access to art, architecture and material culture in the company of your fellow students and academic staff.

Independent study

Working beyond the classroom is vital to your success at postgraduate level. Having already completed a degree in a different field you’ll be skilled in independent study. You’ll have the chance to build on those skills here. You’ll be given set readings for each module. This will act as your starting point for reading more widely.

We also strongly recommend you engage with art in the contemporary world by visiting exhibitions, installations and festivals, and reading newly published research in art history and its related disciplines.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed on coursework only. You’ll complete preparatory assignments and study tasks to help prepare you for submission of assessed coursework. You’ll receive constructive feedback on all your marked coursework to support your ongoing academic development. Where necessary, you’ll be able to speak directly with the marker.

The majority of coursework is essay-based, while assessments might also contain other elements: in-class presentations, projects, or pieces of reflective writing.

After the course

By the end of your course, you’ll have acquired a number of transferable skills appropriate to a range of opportunities including postgraduate study, arts management, publicity and communication, media, archives, and art curation.

Career destinations

  • Library and archive assistant
  • Museum education and engagement
  • Arts journalism and media work
  • Publishing, commissioning and editing
  • Gallery or production management
  • Postgraduate study.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 60 credits of level 1, level 2 and level 3 modules subject to the approval by the Course Director. You may select no more than 20 credits at level 1 over the two years. Level 1 modules start with the code AMAA4*. Level 2 modules start with the code AMAA5*. Level 3 modules start with the code AMAA6*.

Name Code Credits

ARCHAEOLOGIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Using a range of case studies from the Mediterranean World, you will be introduced to some of the most significant themes and debates in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, and archaeology more generally. Case studies will be drawn from a range of time periods and will address andquot;the big themesandquot; in archaeology, such as cultural transmission, cultural development, societal collapse, trade and exchange, conflict, migration, empire and expansion, the emergence of urban societies, climate and society, and ritual and religion. Often more than one theme will be included in a case study and your aim will be to understand how they relate to each other. For example, how does conflict or climate change contribute to migration or societal collapse?

AMAA5098B

20

ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE

Positioned at the hub of trade routes which spanned out across the known world, the city of Venice was a major commercial and political power during the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods. It also grew to be one of Europe's most important centres of artistic production, with Venetian painters, sculptors, glassmakers, and architects channelling their city's diverse multiculturalism into a vast range of influential artworks. You will examine the development of art and architecture in the city from its earliest foundations through to the present day, tracing the aesthetic and urban history of what its inhabitants came to call andquot;La Serenissima,andquot; the most serene city on earth. In previous years this module has featured a study trip to Venice.

AMAA5093B

20

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Art is a resource which can be used both positively and critically to affect the contemporary world around us. It may be exploited, most obviously for its economic value, but also for broader social or political gain. You will explore these different uses of art by addressing the factors that condition our contemporary reception of art works and visual culture. You will begin by examining some of the key methodologies for interpreting art's contemporary functions, including its capacity to create contemporary identities and world-views. You will then turn to focus on the museum and gallery as spaces for these contemporary issues to emerge, before considering the same ideas at work in more quotidian ways. And, finally, you will conclude with a reflection on your own position as art historians, anthropologists, and archeologists working with art in the contemporary world.

AMAA5090B

20

ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT IRAQ AND IRAN

Ancient Mesopotamia, what is now Iraq and parts of Iran, is recognisable today by two of its most impressive and powerful cultures, the Sumerians and the Assyrians. Situated between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers, Mesopotamia remained largely autonomous for nearly 3000 years, during which time its power and influence over neighbouring regions ebbed and waned. At the heart of Mesopotamian society was competence and skill in a broad range of arts and crafts, but it is most famous for being the world's first literate society. Along with writing, the glue of Mesopotamian society was cultic practice and religious belief, most visibly attested to in the art of temples and burials. At all periods art was fundamental to Mesopotamian culture; it coloured their rituals and beliefs, it was integral to their writing system, and was used in both politics and warfare. You will explore the significance of artistic practice in the development of Mesopotamian society.

AMAA6137A

30

ARTS OF THE PACIFIC: AGENCY OF REPRESENTATION

Representations are not unconditional or without engagement. In this module, representation is not merely understood as praxis, but as praxis with agency. Following Alfred Gell's notion of the agency of art, we will consider representation as a process that not merely describes, displays and communicates, it also does. Clues to its agency lie in the processes from which it emanates and in which it eventuates. We will discuss contemporary views on the Pacific by particularly focusing on the role of visual and material culture in these representations. The aim is to promote a critical awareness of what artefacts socially do in the Pacific, to understand how they materialise relationships, are condensations of knowledge and how people use these forms to engage with their life worlds.

AMAA6123A

30

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

You will examine how contemporary artists have explored the way in which contemporary galleries and museums function. Since the 1960s artists have adopted the museum as both subject and medium in their artworks. These seminars will examine how such projects impact on our idea of what galleries and museums are, how they operate, and what role they have in public life today. Throughout, key ideas regarding aesthetics, politics, memory, and audience participation will be approached by way of specific artworks and exhibitions. These sessions will be supplemented by workshops exploring art criticism, as well as a study trip to London.

AMAA5102A

20

FORM AND FUNCTION

Most works of art - whether objects, buildings, or performances - are designed to serve a set of purposes. How their forms and functions relate may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Through a range of case studies, presented in lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies, you will examine the connections between the uses, meanings, and appearances of art, culture, space, and landscape. You will also consider how these connections may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact. The opportunity to analyze texts on your own and in discussion groups will help you understand different points of view and construct an argument supported by evidence.

AMAA4004B

20

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS PRACTICE

In this module, you'll explore a variety of practical and conceptual considerations in Gallery and Museum Studies by focusing on specific aspects of these institutional structures: from building and housing collections, to curating shows, producing exhibition texts, and writing art criticism. You will then develop your engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show and the practical considerations involved in doing so: from meeting artists in the studio, to transporting works, to making funding applications. Finally, we'll consider the role of interpretation and learning in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays. The module has previously involved a study trip to London.

AMAA6134B

30

INDIGENOUS ARTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

You will begin by analysing what is meant by Indigenous arts and peoples. In particular, we shall consider the link between the anthropology of art and Indigenous identity. The inter-disciplinary approach continues, by examining issues related to the interpretation of indigenous arts in wide-ranging geographic and cultural contexts from North America, to India and Australia. It then questions Indigenous peoples' engagement with notions of ethnicity and heritage, as well as the formation of an 'Indigenous media' through film-making.

AMAA5004B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

What is anthropology? What do anthropologists study? How is anthropology different from other disciplines? This module presents an overview of key anthropological approaches and their connections with history and archaeology. Throughout this module, you'll learn about classical and contemporary anthropological themes by looking at approaches to nature, human ecology, material culture, art, ritual, religion, and globalization. You'll learn how important andquot;cultureandquot; is in shaping the world. This enables you to comprehend the complexities of today's world.

AMAA4024B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

How do archaeologists investigate and interpret the ancient past? This module introduces you to what makes archaeology unique. You will learn about the methods archaeologists use to gather and record data. By looking at case studies drawn from different excavations, you'll begin to understand the complexities involved in interpreting the past from archaeological remains. You'll also encounter changes in archaeological approaches over time, and consider some of the contemporary issues facing archaeology around the globe.

AMAA4023A

20

INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

This module introduces you to the study of art history. You will discover what makes art history distinct as an academic discipline. By learning about the themes art historians have explored over time, and some of the methods they use to study art, you will start to understand the subject better - and to appreciate how it fits into your degree. As a seminar, this module also gives you the chance to experience the small-group discussions that are central to our teaching.

AMAA4001A

20

INTRODUCTION TO GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module will introduce you to some of the key concepts underpinning art galleries and museums. You'll learn about the history of museums and their impact on society. You'll consider how museums and galleries today use not only their displays but also a range of activities to attract, educate, and inspire visitors. By visiting museums and galleries in Norwich as part of this module - including the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - you'll gain a real-world perspective on museums today. You will also have a chance to study galleries and museums from around the world.

AMAA4009B

20

LEARNING ON SITE: THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

In this module, you'll discover the art and architecture that makes up our department's home in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Designed by Lord Norman Foster and opened in 1978, this building and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection have shaped the study of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA. Through readings, group discussions, and the close study of objects in the SCVA, you'll be encouraged to challenge assumptions and preconceptions about different kinds of art - from around the world, and from prehistory to the 20th century. This module will also develop your abilities in library research and academic referencing.

AMAA4007A

20

MAKERS AND MAKING

Making works of art - from objects to performances, bodies to buildings - involves a range of materials, activities and ideas. On this module, you'll learn about the physical and technical properties of different materials as well as their social, economic and symbolic significance. You'll hear from a range of experts in a series of lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies. You'll gain a wider perspective on how people at different times, in different cultures, have designed, crafted and created works of art - challenging narrow ideas about what (and who) an artist is. You'll also develop the skills you need to write effective essays at university.

AMAA4002A

20

MATERIAL WORLDS

We live our lives surrounded by material objects. In many ways, our lives are dictated by the consumption of goods. How then, should we understand our relation to materiality? In this module, you'll learn about contemporary archaeological and anthropological perspectives in the study of material culture. Questions that come up include: why the Summer Solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge; how houses differ across cultures; why we give each other gifts and wrap them; and how clothing gives us identity? Studying human-object relations from a range of perspectives, this module equips you to understand the role of materiality in your life and to think in nuanced ways on our consumer society.

AMAA5009A

20

MODERNISM AND GENDER: FRANCE AND GERMANY 1900-1939

This module addresses modernism in the first part of the twentieth century. It explores the work of male and female artists and also considers how gender structures representation and art practice. The module provides an opportunity to reconsider key works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Suzanne Valadon, Hannah Hoch and Claude Cahun, amongst others.

AMAA6128B

30

PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY

How do you represent a person? On this module, you will explore the genre of portraiture as it has been practiced by visual artists from the ancient world to the present day. You will develop the skill of visual analysis as you consider issues such as 'likeness'; the face; the self-portrait; portraiture as the embodiment of political, social and aesthetic power; the ways in which portraiture has variously reinforced and challenged concepts of class, race and gender; the photographic portrait, and the role of portraiture in contemporary art and culture. You will also continue to develop your writing skills, as we analyze works of art alongside histories and concepts of the individual self - perhaps the supreme artefact of all.

AMAA4025B

20

PRE-COLUMBIAN WORLDS: ARTS--SUBSTANCES--SENSES

In this module, you'll examine the importance of substances and materials for peoples of the ancient Americas. By looking at artworks, imagery and archaeological contexts (esp. Mesoamerica and Central Andes), we'll explore indigenous understandings of how worlds are fashioned, experienced and acted upon through material things. Among the most important substances are stone, fibre, metals/minerals, earth, water and blood - each with significant physical properties (e.g., colour, rarity, brilliance, durability) and symbolism. The module highlights monuments, mural painting, cloth, weaponry and body ornamentation crucial in the ritual life and worldviews of ancient America's great civilisations, such as Aztec, Maya, Inca and Moche.

AMAA6129B

30

PUBLIC ART, PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

Intense debates rage around monuments that represent historical figures as our most celebrated heroes. But why are our monuments epicentres of public debate and political contestation? This module examines how and why public art and performances commemorate historical events. To find answers to these questions, you'll study the monuments that remember the First World War, the Holocaust, the Slave Trade and Colonialism. But you will also be encouraged to ask how memorials makes us remember and, indeed, whether there are alternative ways of remembering. You'll study commemoration in spirit possession, pilgrimage, and popular music. Considering case studies from across the world, you will review the role of memory and commemoration in the constitution of our society. This module encourages you to consider why alternative forms of memory are required for a more just society.

AMAA6135A

30

RENAISSANCE RECONSIDERED

Fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy was shaped by the growth of urban centres and the development of new political, social, and sacred institutions. New patrons and uses for artworks prompted a wealth of artistic activity that responded to and also forged contemporary values, beliefs and identities. Bankers, merchants, mercenaries, and religious institutions exploited the power of art and architecture to promote their professional interests, ambitions, and families. But was the Renaissance all that it seemed? We will reconsider some of the most famous (and infamous) artists and objects from renaissance Italy, questioning traditional assumptions about the nature and function of art during this period. Each week you will explore a selection of buildings, paintings, and sculpture alongside renaissance literature and modern theory, building a new and richer picture of this critical cultural moment.

AMAA5097B

20

THE GOTHIC EYE

An altarpiece is dismembered and hung on a gallery wall, an ivory comb is locked within a display case, a manuscript closed in a museum. The way in which we encounter medieval artworks today is radically different from the time of their creation. What affects the ways in which we see these works now, and how were they seen when they were first created hundreds of years ago? Is it possible to look at Gothic art through 'Gothic eyes'? Merging science, faith, philosophy, and material histories, you will explore the changing experiences of viewing medieval art. The theme of 'vision' will be your guide through the a spectrum of medieval objects drawn from across northern Europe. Each week you will investigate a different theme # such as light, mirrors, space, veils, and dreams# in relation to a set of related artworks, medieval texts, and modern theories. As the course progresses, you will turn from actual vision to imagined vision, investigating how medieval artists pictured dreams, visions, and impossible things.

AMAA6134A

30

THE LIVES OF OBJECTS

Your main objective in this module will be to develop your critical skills as they pertain to thinking, reading, writing and looking. To enable this, the module will fall into two main sections. In the first section, you'll focus on one particular methodology - object biographies - used in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies and art history. You'll examine this methodology in detail, breaking it down into its component sections. You'll then consider its strengths and its weaknesses, as we subject it to a thorough critical evaluation. In the second half of the module, you will study a range of theories and methodologies used in the study of material culture. In this part of the module, you will focus more broadly on what critical thinking is, both in general and within each of the four disciplines taught in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies. You'll be taught through a combination of two weekly lectures and one discussion seminar. The lectures will offer you an introduction to the relevant topic, and will end with an opportunity to discuss/debate the issues raised. During the discussion seminars, you'll consider key issues raised in preceding lectures and the weekly class readings which accompany them.

AMAA5089A

20

MAPPING WORLDS

Mapping helps us to conceive of abstract concepts in tangible visual form. Be it geographical notions of the globe and the heavens, or more complex outlines of the body, the mind, time, even history, a map helps to bound and give features to otherwise inexplicable space and knowledge. This course uses historical maps and modern theories of cartography as the jumping-off point for an in-depth investigation of the visual and imaginative cultures of Europe and the Middle East from the prehistoric and classical eras through to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In previous years this course has also featured a study trip to museums and galleries in London to meet with curators and handle objects.

AMAA6121A

30

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 60 credits of level 1, level 2 and level 3 modules subject to the approval by the Course Director. You may select no more than 20 credits at level 1 over the two years. Level 1 modules start with the code AMAA4*. Level 2 modules start with the code AMAA5*. Level 3 modules start with the code AMAA6*.

Name Code Credits

ACTION / ABSTRACTION:ART AFTER 1945

You will explore the rich history of art made after 1945, with a particular emphasis upon the problem of the relationship between the idea of art's autonomy and claims for its capacity to engage directly with social and political conditions. You will be introduced to key tendencies in art and a wide variety of artistic media made since 1945, with a (non-exclusive) focus upon Europe and North America.

AMAA5101A

20

AMERICAN ART AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 1900-1950

You will explore the relations between art and photography in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. The central debate in American modernism has concerned the role of the medium, and considering photography in relation to the other visual arts permits a reassessment of this debate. Artists and photographers examined include Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, Diego Rivera and Walker Evans.

AMAA5002B

20

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART

The art of ancient Egypt has been admired (and vilified), collected, and used as a source of inspiration for centuries, from Mozart's Magic Flute to the Harlem Renaissance to the Arab Spring. You will explore a number of themes in ancient Egyptian art, including the role of artists in ancient Egypt; art and religious rituals, such as mummification; and the impact of Egyptian art in the the Enlightenment, the age of colonial and imperial expansion, and up to the present day. You will visit at least one museum collection of Egyptian art (which varies depending on museum programming), and you will be able to develop a topic of special interest to you for your written coursework.

AMAA5015A

20

ARCHAEOLOGIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Using a range of case studies from the Mediterranean World, you will be introduced to some of the most significant themes and debates in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, and archaeology more generally. Case studies will be drawn from a range of time periods and will address andquot;the big themesandquot; in archaeology, such as cultural transmission, cultural development, societal collapse, trade and exchange, conflict, migration, empire and expansion, the emergence of urban societies, climate and society, and ritual and religion. Often more than one theme will be included in a case study and your aim will be to understand how they relate to each other. For example, how does conflict or climate change contribute to migration or societal collapse?

AMAA5098B

20

ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN VENICE

Positioned at the hub of trade routes which spanned out across the known world, the city of Venice was a major commercial and political power during the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods. It also grew to be one of Europe's most important centres of artistic production, with Venetian painters, sculptors, glassmakers, and architects channelling their city's diverse multiculturalism into a vast range of influential artworks. You will examine the development of art and architecture in the city from its earliest foundations through to the present day, tracing the aesthetic and urban history of what its inhabitants came to call andquot;La Serenissima,andquot; the most serene city on earth. In previous years this module has featured a study trip to Venice.

AMAA5093B

20

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Art is a resource which can be used both positively and critically to affect the contemporary world around us. It may be exploited, most obviously for its economic value, but also for broader social or political gain. You will explore these different uses of art by addressing the factors that condition our contemporary reception of art works and visual culture. You will begin by examining some of the key methodologies for interpreting art's contemporary functions, including its capacity to create contemporary identities and world-views. You will then turn to focus on the museum and gallery as spaces for these contemporary issues to emerge, before considering the same ideas at work in more quotidian ways. And, finally, you will conclude with a reflection on your own position as art historians, anthropologists, and archeologists working with art in the contemporary world.

AMAA5090B

20

ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT IRAQ AND IRAN

Ancient Mesopotamia, what is now Iraq and parts of Iran, is recognisable today by two of its most impressive and powerful cultures, the Sumerians and the Assyrians. Situated between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers, Mesopotamia remained largely autonomous for nearly 3000 years, during which time its power and influence over neighbouring regions ebbed and waned. At the heart of Mesopotamian society was competence and skill in a broad range of arts and crafts, but it is most famous for being the world's first literate society. Along with writing, the glue of Mesopotamian society was cultic practice and religious belief, most visibly attested to in the art of temples and burials. At all periods art was fundamental to Mesopotamian culture; it coloured their rituals and beliefs, it was integral to their writing system, and was used in both politics and warfare. You will explore the significance of artistic practice in the development of Mesopotamian society.

AMAA6137A

30

ARTS OF THE PACIFIC: AGENCY OF REPRESENTATION

Representations are not unconditional or without engagement. In this module, representation is not merely understood as praxis, but as praxis with agency. Following Alfred Gell's notion of the agency of art, we will consider representation as a process that not merely describes, displays and communicates, it also does. Clues to its agency lie in the processes from which it emanates and in which it eventuates. We will discuss contemporary views on the Pacific by particularly focusing on the role of visual and material culture in these representations. The aim is to promote a critical awareness of what artefacts socially do in the Pacific, to understand how they materialise relationships, are condensations of knowledge and how people use these forms to engage with their life worlds.

AMAA6123A

30

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

You will examine how contemporary artists have explored the way in which contemporary galleries and museums function. Since the 1960s artists have adopted the museum as both subject and medium in their artworks. These seminars will examine how such projects impact on our idea of what galleries and museums are, how they operate, and what role they have in public life today. Throughout, key ideas regarding aesthetics, politics, memory, and audience participation will be approached by way of specific artworks and exhibitions. These sessions will be supplemented by workshops exploring art criticism, as well as a study trip to London.

AMAA5102A

20

FORM AND FUNCTION

Most works of art - whether objects, buildings, or performances - are designed to serve a set of purposes. How their forms and functions relate may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Through a range of case studies, presented in lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies, you will examine the connections between the uses, meanings, and appearances of art, culture, space, and landscape. You will also consider how these connections may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact. The opportunity to analyze texts on your own and in discussion groups will help you understand different points of view and construct an argument supported by evidence.

AMAA4004B

20

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS PRACTICE

In this module, you'll explore a variety of practical and conceptual considerations in Gallery and Museum Studies by focusing on specific aspects of these institutional structures: from building and housing collections, to curating shows, producing exhibition texts, and writing art criticism. You will then develop your engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show and the practical considerations involved in doing so: from meeting artists in the studio, to transporting works, to making funding applications. Finally, we'll consider the role of interpretation and learning in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays. The module has previously involved a study trip to London.

AMAA6134B

30

INDIGENOUS ARTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

You will begin by analysing what is meant by Indigenous arts and peoples. In particular, we shall consider the link between the anthropology of art and Indigenous identity. The inter-disciplinary approach continues, by examining issues related to the interpretation of indigenous arts in wide-ranging geographic and cultural contexts from North America, to India and Australia. It then questions Indigenous peoples' engagement with notions of ethnicity and heritage, as well as the formation of an 'Indigenous media' through film-making.

AMAA5004B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

What is anthropology? What do anthropologists study? How is anthropology different from other disciplines? This module presents an overview of key anthropological approaches and their connections with history and archaeology. Throughout this module, you'll learn about classical and contemporary anthropological themes by looking at approaches to nature, human ecology, material culture, art, ritual, religion, and globalization. You'll learn how important andquot;cultureandquot; is in shaping the world. This enables you to comprehend the complexities of today's world.

AMAA4024B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

How do archaeologists investigate and interpret the ancient past? This module introduces you to what makes archaeology unique. You will learn about the methods archaeologists use to gather and record data. By looking at case studies drawn from different excavations, you'll begin to understand the complexities involved in interpreting the past from archaeological remains. You'll also encounter changes in archaeological approaches over time, and consider some of the contemporary issues facing archaeology around the globe.

AMAA4023A

20

INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

This module introduces you to the study of art history. You will discover what makes art history distinct as an academic discipline. By learning about the themes art historians have explored over time, and some of the methods they use to study art, you will start to understand the subject better - and to appreciate how it fits into your degree. As a seminar, this module also gives you the chance to experience the small-group discussions that are central to our teaching.

AMAA4001A

20

INTRODUCTION TO GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module will introduce you to some of the key concepts underpinning art galleries and museums. You'll learn about the history of museums and their impact on society. You'll consider how museums and galleries today use not only their displays but also a range of activities to attract, educate, and inspire visitors. By visiting museums and galleries in Norwich as part of this module - including the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - you'll gain a real-world perspective on museums today. You will also have a chance to study galleries and museums from around the world.

AMAA4009B

20

LEARNING ON SITE: THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

In this module, you'll discover the art and architecture that makes up our department's home in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Designed by Lord Norman Foster and opened in 1978, this building and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection have shaped the study of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA. Through readings, group discussions, and the close study of objects in the SCVA, you'll be encouraged to challenge assumptions and preconceptions about different kinds of art - from around the world, and from prehistory to the 20th century. This module will also develop your abilities in library research and academic referencing.

AMAA4007A

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MAKERS AND MAKING

Making works of art - from objects to performances, bodies to buildings - involves a range of materials, activities and ideas. On this module, you'll learn about the physical and technical properties of different materials as well as their social, economic and symbolic significance. You'll hear from a range of experts in a series of lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies. You'll gain a wider perspective on how people at different times, in different cultures, have designed, crafted and created works of art - challenging narrow ideas about what (and who) an artist is. You'll also develop the skills you need to write effective essays at university.

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MATERIAL WORLDS

We live our lives surrounded by material objects. In many ways, our lives are dictated by the consumption of goods. How then, should we understand our relation to materiality? In this module, you'll learn about contemporary archaeological and anthropological perspectives in the study of material culture. Questions that come up include: why the Summer Solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge; how houses differ across cultures; why we give each other gifts and wrap them; and how clothing gives us identity? Studying human-object relations from a range of perspectives, this module equips you to understand the role of materiality in your life and to think in nuanced ways on our consumer society.

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MEDIEVAL BODIES

Born, bathed, dressed, worshipped, sexed, cut, bruised, ripped, split, buried: the human body offer historians a gateway onto understanding the cultures of the past. On this course you will examine several groups of objects from the visual culture of medieval Europe and the Middle East through this contemporary theoretical lens, building up a body of medieval artistic practice piece by bodily piece, and examining how the techniques and society of the medieval craftsman at once idolised and distorted the medieval body's forms. In previous years this course has also featured a study trip to museums and galleries in London to meet with curators and handle objects.

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MODERNISM AND GENDER: FRANCE AND GERMANY 1900-1939

This module addresses modernism in the first part of the twentieth century. It explores the work of male and female artists and also considers how gender structures representation and art practice. The module provides an opportunity to reconsider key works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Suzanne Valadon, Hannah Hoch and Claude Cahun, amongst others.

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PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY

How do you represent a person? On this module, you will explore the genre of portraiture as it has been practiced by visual artists from the ancient world to the present day. You will develop the skill of visual analysis as you consider issues such as 'likeness'; the face; the self-portrait; portraiture as the embodiment of political, social and aesthetic power; the ways in which portraiture has variously reinforced and challenged concepts of class, race and gender; the photographic portrait, and the role of portraiture in contemporary art and culture. You will also continue to develop your writing skills, as we analyze works of art alongside histories and concepts of the individual self - perhaps the supreme artefact of all.

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PRE-COLUMBIAN WORLDS: ARTS--SUBSTANCES--SENSES

In this module, you'll examine the importance of substances and materials for peoples of the ancient Americas. By looking at artworks, imagery and archaeological contexts (esp. Mesoamerica and Central Andes), we'll explore indigenous understandings of how worlds are fashioned, experienced and acted upon through material things. Among the most important substances are stone, fibre, metals/minerals, earth, water and blood - each with significant physical properties (e.g., colour, rarity, brilliance, durability) and symbolism. The module highlights monuments, mural painting, cloth, weaponry and body ornamentation crucial in the ritual life and worldviews of ancient America's great civilisations, such as Aztec, Maya, Inca and Moche.

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PUBLIC ART, PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

Intense debates rage around monuments that represent historical figures as our most celebrated heroes. But why are our monuments epicentres of public debate and political contestation? This module examines how and why public art and performances commemorate historical events. To find answers to these questions, you'll study the monuments that remember the First World War, the Holocaust, the Slave Trade and Colonialism. But you will also be encouraged to ask how memorials makes us remember and, indeed, whether there are alternative ways of remembering. You'll study commemoration in spirit possession, pilgrimage, and popular music. Considering case studies from across the world, you will review the role of memory and commemoration in the constitution of our society. This module encourages you to consider why alternative forms of memory are required for a more just society.

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RENAISSANCE RECONSIDERED

Fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy was shaped by the growth of urban centres and the development of new political, social, and sacred institutions. New patrons and uses for artworks prompted a wealth of artistic activity that responded to and also forged contemporary values, beliefs and identities. Bankers, merchants, mercenaries, and religious institutions exploited the power of art and architecture to promote their professional interests, ambitions, and families. But was the Renaissance all that it seemed? We will reconsider some of the most famous (and infamous) artists and objects from renaissance Italy, questioning traditional assumptions about the nature and function of art during this period. Each week you will explore a selection of buildings, paintings, and sculpture alongside renaissance literature and modern theory, building a new and richer picture of this critical cultural moment.

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THE GOTHIC EYE

An altarpiece is dismembered and hung on a gallery wall, an ivory comb is locked within a display case, a manuscript closed in a museum. The way in which we encounter medieval artworks today is radically different from the time of their creation. What affects the ways in which we see these works now, and how were they seen when they were first created hundreds of years ago? Is it possible to look at Gothic art through 'Gothic eyes'? Merging science, faith, philosophy, and material histories, you will explore the changing experiences of viewing medieval art. The theme of 'vision' will be your guide through the a spectrum of medieval objects drawn from across northern Europe. Each week you will investigate a different theme # such as light, mirrors, space, veils, and dreams# in relation to a set of related artworks, medieval texts, and modern theories. As the course progresses, you will turn from actual vision to imagined vision, investigating how medieval artists pictured dreams, visions, and impossible things.

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THE LIVES OF OBJECTS

Your main objective in this module will be to develop your critical skills as they pertain to thinking, reading, writing and looking. To enable this, the module will fall into two main sections. In the first section, you'll focus on one particular methodology - object biographies - used in archaeology, anthropology, museum studies and art history. You'll examine this methodology in detail, breaking it down into its component sections. You'll then consider its strengths and its weaknesses, as we subject it to a thorough critical evaluation. In the second half of the module, you will study a range of theories and methodologies used in the study of material culture. In this part of the module, you will focus more broadly on what critical thinking is, both in general and within each of the four disciplines taught in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies. You'll be taught through a combination of two weekly lectures and one discussion seminar. The lectures will offer you an introduction to the relevant topic, and will end with an opportunity to discuss/debate the issues raised. During the discussion seminars, you'll consider key issues raised in preceding lectures and the weekly class readings which accompany them.

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MAPPING WORLDS

Mapping helps us to conceive of abstract concepts in tangible visual form. Be it geographical notions of the globe and the heavens, or more complex outlines of the body, the mind, time, even history, a map helps to bound and give features to otherwise inexplicable space and knowledge. This course uses historical maps and modern theories of cartography as the jumping-off point for an in-depth investigation of the visual and imaginative cultures of Europe and the Middle East from the prehistoric and classical eras through to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In previous years this course has also featured a study trip to museums and galleries in London to meet with curators and handle objects.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

  • At A Crossroads

    Since 2011, researchers from UEA’s Sainsbury Research Unit have been conducting yearly archaeological field trips to the banks of the Niger River in northern Benin, West Africa, as part of the Crossroads of Empires research project.

    Read it At A Crossroads
  • Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich

    Fifty-eight parish churches are known to have stood within the walls of medieval Norwich. Despite damage and loss, thirty-one remain today, which is the largest concentration of urban medieval churches north of the Alps.

    Read it Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich
  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

    The Sainsbury Centre is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art.

    Read it Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • #ASKUEA

    Your University questions, answered

    Read it #ASKUEA

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

 

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550 (full time)
  • International Students: £15,800 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

There are a variety of scholarships, studentships and other awards available to those applying for places on our taught postgraduate degrees.

Click on the link below to see what is currently available.

Funding for Masters Degrees and Diplomas

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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