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Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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The programme investigates material culture from Mesopotamia to Europe circa 1500, studying the key formative stages of western art from Classical Athens to the Italian Renaissance. We also explore areas less familiar to art history students, whether in terms of materials, such as textiles and dress or periods, such as the Catalan Middle Ages. The extensive range covered by the course allows students to trace changes, continuities and revivals over an extended period, but also to take a specialised interest in the field of their choice in the thesis.

Course dates

Course Calendar 2016 - 2017

Orientation Week
19 - 23 September 2016

Term 1
26 September - 2 December 2016

Term 2
9 January - 17 March 2017

Term 3
17 April - 23 June 2017

Cecily Hennessy
Faculty Member

Dr Cecily Hennessy

Programme Director: Antiquity to Renaissance

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. 
Entry Requirements

Completed application
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
Personal statement
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



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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
Marian Campbell
Paul Craddock
Dr Paul Collins
Dr Peter Dent
Professor David Ekserdjian
Richard Ellis
Dr Angela Evans
Professor Eric Fernie
Lucia Gahlin
Professor Martin Henig
Professor Michael Kauffmann
Dr Lloyd Laing
Dr Philip Lindley
John Reeve
Professor Richard Marks
Dr Anna McSweeney
Dr Paula Nuttall
Professor David Park
Dr Janet Robson
Louise Schofield
Dr Jenny Stratford
Neil Stratford
Patsy Vanags
Dr Niamh Whitfield
Professor Christopher Wilson
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The combination of an excellent traditional teaching and a more hands-on approach gave me the necessary tools and the confidence to find a job within the art world.
Amparo Martinez-Russotto
Master's in Antiquity to Renaissance
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