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Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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This unique programme offers a postgraduate education which provides an overview of the developments in European art from Antiquity through the Medieval period to the Renaissance. Students can work in detail on a subject of their choice, while following a course which traces the transformations, continuities and revivals over three millennia of art. Beyond a lecture series which covers the arts in all media, the focus is on small group teaching, with seminars, visits and handling sessions, which stress object analysis and developing professional skills. Access is given to extraordinary material from the collections of London and works coming through the Christie's auction house, and there are frequent trips to other sites in the UK and in Europe.

Course dates

Course Calendar 2015 - 2016

Orientation Week
21 September 2015

Term 1
28 September 2015 – 4 December 2015

Term 2
11 January 2016 – 18 March 2016

Term 3
18 April 2016 – 24 June 2016

Richard Plant

Richard Plant

Programme Director, Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Richard Plant

The core lecture series, covering material from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and delivered by both Christie’s faculty and outside experts, underpins all components of the programme. Our study trips are an integral part of this course. These take you to a number of major sites and museums in the UK, while two longer trips are made to European centres, one of which is usually Rome. This will allow you to experience the art and architecture of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the centres of its production.  Culture and Ideology Seminars will teach you the importance of iconography, patronage and artistic context of Early European works of art. In these seminars you will develop the skills to deliver presentations and generate seminar discussion


Object-based study is the foundation of our teaching and will provide you with relevant training for the public and commercial art worlds. This includes practical and research-based study of materials and techniques, style, dating, quality and authenticity. You will be trained in cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. Handling sessions and visits to museums and to Christie’s warehouses form an essential part of the course. Engagement with current debates about curatorial practice will enable you to devise fresh approaches to the display and interpretation of art works. You will learn how to produce reports on works of art to a professional standard. You will explore varieties of art criticism, developing skills to review exhibitions. Methodology seminars equip you with the theoretical tools for the analyses of works of art, and introduce you to major texts relating to cultural history and aesthetics.

The thesis, produced at the end of the year, presents an opportunity to create an exhibition catalogue around a small group of objects, independently researched, representing a synthesis of the key academic and professional skills learned on the programme.

Entry Requirements

Completed application
Scanned colour copy of passport photo page
A university degree, normally at 2.1 level or with equivalent work experience
Two academic letter references on institutional letterhead (or equivalent for mature students)
Applicants must also provide an example of their writing on a relevant subject
Applicants whose first language is not English normally have an IELTS 7 or equivalent secure UK government-approved SELT test:
Successful interview with a member of our faculty
Personal statement


Qualified applicants to Christie’s Education are invited to attend an interview with a member of the faculty. We are keen to ensure that applicants' needs and expectations are fully discussed, and that the path we offer is the most suitable one for them. Interviews normally last about 45 minutes. During the course of the interview, applicants will be asked to respond to a selection of images. The interviewer will assess the applicant’s ability to engage in conversation around works of art.


One of the most important resources at Christie’s Education is the wealth of art works that pass through the salerooms on a regular basis. The school has its own Learning Resources Centre, with a computer room, handling collection, print collection and library. Students are also provided with borrowing rights at Senate House Library, University of London, and have access to the electronic resources of the University of Glasgow Library. The British Library is within walking distance.


Christie’s Education works closely with the Christie’s Human Resources Department to inform students of the opportunities available within the company. These include work experience placements in specialist and other departments throughout the academic year, application to paid graduate internships in London upon completion of programme requirements, and one-on-one consultations with Human Resources staff.

Master's students can also apply for two Christie's Education internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, to commence in September.


Designed to develop awareness of career opportunities and strategies, Professional Development sessions invite speakers who offer profiles of their jobs, career pathways and work experiences. Direct contact with these speakers encourages students to develop professional networks in the commercial art world, museums, education, marketing, law, insurance and publishing. 

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 Richard Plant: Programme Director

Dr Cecily Hennessy: Lecturer/Tutor

Dr Sadie Pickup: Lecturer/Tutor

Prof M.A. Michael: PhD Supervision



Dr Ron Baxter
Dr Jane Bridgeman
Marian Campbell
Dr Paul Collins
Dr Peter Dent
Professor David Ekserdijan
Angela Evans
Professor Eric Fernie
Lucia Gahlin
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
Louise Schofield
Dr Amy Smith
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, 2005-2006
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