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Analysing and Exploring the Arts

Course Dates

This course is available in-person each term and online between April and July each year. You will take this course alongside your first module with us.


Course Synopsis

Analysing and Exploring the Arts offers you bespoke and supportive training in object-based art history. Half of the course presents focused case studies on real world applications of the approaches explored in our programme. Lectures and seminars exploring real world case studies include topics such as: How and why we catalogue objects; curation, interpretation and access in museums; cataloguing and curating in commercial contexts; arts Journalism; and collaborating with living artists. The other half offers supportive training tailored to the skills developed in your main modules. Lectures and seminars supporting skills in art history focus on preparing and plan for your object analyses, essays, and exams; reflecting and acting on feedback, and on expressing focused and clear academic arguments in your writing and presentations.


Course Delivery

Analysing and Exploring the Arts is delivered via ten pre-recorded lectures, ten weekly seminars, and an online discussion forum.



·       Short presentation on approaches to object analysis (5 mins)

·       Written reflection on feedback (750 words)

·       Reflective diary on weekly seminar discussions (1500 words)


Further Information

You will be required to complete this course, as well as the Independent Study Project in Asian Art History, in order to receive either a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate award. Both supporting courses are included within the module fee. You do not need to pay any additional fees to enroll on these courses. Those seeking a Postgraduate Certificate award can complete one core module and both supporting courses within one term if this is their preference.


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