Want to broaden your perspectives on art history?


Master's Programme in Art History (ENG)

120 credits

This Master's in Art History examines theories and methods in relation to various visual cultures, and will also develop your knowledge of project management and cultural policy. It is grounded in Swedish arts, culture and administration, but with an international perspective, and prepares you for work in the cultural sector, as well as for research.

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Work in the cultural field, with critical tools and important perspectives After graduating, you will have skills for work in the cultural field, such as at art galleries, museums, publishing houses or other institutions. You can work in positions that require a well-developed analytical ability, the capacity to independently plan and structure your work, read critically and generally and the ability to find information rapidly. You are also eligible to apply for a doctoral degree after your completing a Master’s programme; you are also eligible if you choose to study for one year and then graduate. During your studies you will have developed good analytical skills, theoretical expertise and understanding, critical tools and historical perspectives on art. In a world where we encounter more and more images and forms of expression, you will have specialist knowledge of art history and visual interpretation. A critical gender perspective will allow you to work actively with issues of inclusion and equality. What are former students doing now? Former students work at museums, art galleries, auction houses, art colleges and as freelance writers or curators for art exhibition.
In-depth knowledge of art history and experience related to the labour market The programme involves two years of studies, where the first year is specific to the Master’s in Art History. You study three specialised courses, which change each year the programme is offered. These could cover subjects such as art in public spaces, art linked to criticism and crisis, cosmopolitan art history or a specialist course in masquerade, modernity and gender. You will work with a range of problems in art history and themed areas in four modules that are linked to concepts, narratives, issues or methods, deepening your knowledge of art history while developing your analytical abilities. You produce a dissertation in your first year, which allows you to graduate with a one-year Master’s degree, if you wish. The second year of the programme is studied alongside students from the Master’s programme in Aesthetics, and focuses on professional practice. It covers culture and policy, criticism and public discourse, research methods in theory and practice, as well as project methods. Theoretical and historical perspectives are interwoven with discussions that have a professional focus. You will have the opportunity to undertake a research-linked placement, or to select theoretical courses. Course design Teaching in the first year is primarily conducted in the form of seminars. You will receive supervision while writing your dissertation. Examination is through written work as a preparation for your dissertation. The forms of instruction are more varied in the second year, including study visits and research seminars. You also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in the second year. You will regularly meet people who work professionally in the field, such as artists, critics and curators.
An in-depth look at the relationship between art, aesthetic expression and society If you want to work in arts and culture or the museum sector, then this Master’s in Art History is right for you. It will also provide you with a degree that prepares you for a career in research, allowing you to apply for doctoral education. You will take an in-depth look at the relationship between art, aesthetic expression and society, including discussions about art and policy, partly based on critical theory and partly based on the debate surrounding cultural policy. You will also examine gender issues and environmental issues linked to art history. The programme has a contemporary grounding and thematic organisation. Multicultural perspectives, aspects of gender and class are integrated and placed in relation to the arts and visual environments from different historical periods. The included courses are more advanced than undergraduate courses, as is the course literature. Their contents are closely linked to research and are part of the Critical Cultural Theory research area. You will follow teaching staff who are active researchers, and listen to and discuss with other national and international researchers. During the programme, you will study research problems and themes linked to classical art history and to visual culture studies, which could include anything from rare artworks to architecture and design in a range of historical periods.