The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and classes and individually-given tutorial support. The lectures provide a survey of the art historical material and put it into broad cultural perspective. They are given by both Christie’s Education staff and a range of distinguished external experts. The seminars cover methodology, art history and curatorial practice and are conducted in small groups to encourage the active participation of the students. Through the seminars students develop research skills and the ability to present complex arguments both in oral presentation and in essay form. The curatorial strand is assessed through a review of an exhibition and through detailed analysis of a permanent display.
An important outcome of the programme is that students develop their analytical and descriptive writing skills in a number of contexts, using models derived from museums and the auction house. Our students develop skills in producing exact and clear descriptions of objects, a useful skill for many jobs in the art world and beyond.
Applicants should have graduated having studied a subject in a relevant area, whether History of Art, Classics, History or Archaeology, though applications are encouraged from those wishing to change career, professionals and mature students with experience of the art world. Candidates will be required to discuss art works from the period at interview and should be able to demonstrate broad understanding of the period and strong powers of visual analysis. Candidates should expect to show a high level of motivation, and the capacity to manage their time for the sustained and intense programme of study. An excellent command of English (both written and spoken) is required from all candidates.
A university degree, normally at 2.1 level
Applicants whose first language is not English should normally have IELTS 7
Applicants must also provide a 1,000 - 2,000 word writing sample on an art related subject
Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent professional references for mature students)
Scanned colour copy of passport photo page and previous UK visas if applicable
All interviews take place with a member of our faculty and normally
last about an hour. Applicants will be asked to discuss a selection of
images as well as their particular interests in the art world. The
interviewers will assess the applicant's response to, and knowledge of,
works of art. Applicants may on occasion be asked to make a short
written comment on a work of art.
We believe it is important for future students to have an opportunity
to meet members of staff and for both parties to discuss the
suitability of the programme and the applicant's plans for the future.
Applicants will be formally notified of the outcome of the interview
within five working days.
Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow have been associated with each other for over twenty years. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is one of the oldest universities in the UK. The History of Art Department has been ranked top in the UK for world leading research in art history by the UK Government.* We share the same commitment in providing the highest quality education in art history and we are proud of the close links between our institutions. All the lecturers in London are recognised teachers of the University.
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*UK Government Research Assessment Exercise, 2008
MLitt Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
All fees include study trips in UK and abroad unless otherwise
stated. A non-refundable deposit of 5% of the course fees is payable
within six weeks of being offered a place Postgraduate Programmes as
well as the part-time courses. The balance of the fee is payable 1
September of the relevant academic year. Payment may be made by bank
transfer, cheque or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Course calendar
and fees are subject to change.
Christie’s Education faculty consists of academics offering a wide range of experience and specialisation. Each student is assigned a personal tutor at the beginning of the year who will guide their academic progress and is responsible for advice and support throughout their course of studies.
Dr Cecily Hennessy: Programme Director
Dr Sadie Pickup: Lecturer/Tutor
Prof M.A. Michael: PhD Supervision/Academic Director
|Dr Ron Baxter
Dr Jane Bridgeman
Dr Paul Collins
Dr Peter Dent
Professor David Ekserdjian
Dr Angela Evans
Professor Eric Fernie
Professor Martin Henig
Professor Michael Kauffmann
Dr Lloyd Laing
|Dr Philip Lindley
Professor Richard Marks
Dr Anna McSweeney
Dr Paula Nuttall
Professor David Park
Dr Janet Robson
Dr Jenny Stratford
Dr Niamh Whitfield
Professor Christopher Wilson