University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Art in Scotland


University of Aberdeen, Kings College

St Mary's Building

Aberdeen, Scotland

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Art in Scotland

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MLitt will appeal to students who wish to study art and architecture from the medieval to modern period, gaining experience in the trade-craft of research.

Through the study of Art in Scotland, students will gain first hand experience of the masterpieces available in this country. It provides training in the methodology of art historical research and focuses on current theories and debates in art history. It provides a choice of approach to period, and each student's curriculum is tailored to meet the individual's own needs and interests, through the programme's strong inter-disciplinary focus.

Art in Scotland is designed around the rich primary sources available to students at Aberdeen, combined with the expertise of members of staff who are active researchers in the field. The great collections and monuments of Scotland form the key items of each specialized course, so students will graduate with first-hand knowledge of their subject. The first half-session provides training in the methodology of art historical research, focusing on current theories and debates in art history. The second half-session delves into the primary sources: Scottish, Italian, North European. A major feature of this degree is its inter-disciplinary focus, with a significant number of options being taught in co-operation with History, Film Studies, Visual Culture, Language and Literature. During the year, students are accompanied on visits to Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Paris.

Students taking their dissertation commence with personal guidance on their
dissertation topic, before writing up on their own during the summer. The Dissertation is 15,000 words long.


International Student Requirements:

Normally a good second class Honours degree in history of art or equivalent relevant subject.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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