The MA (Hons) in Art History is a four-year course run by the School of Art History. Art History is a well-rounded discipline and embraces aspects of economic, social and political history, languages and literature, philosophy, and psychology to provide you with the relevant context with which to analyse works of art.
In the first two years, you will cover a chronological survey of European art (covering painting, sculpture and architecture) from the 13th century to the present day.
Alongside Art History, in the first year of your studies, you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year you will usually carry on at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about how academic years are organised.
During your final two years, you may either retain this chronological breadth of study or choose a more in-depth focus of particular periods or topics. Specialist subject areas may include:
- art of the mediaeval period
- Gothic architecture
- Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture
- 19th-century art
- history of photography
- Orientalism and art
- Art Nouveau
- Russian art
- aspects of Scottish art
- 20th-century Modernism
- contemporary art.
Final year students must also complete a 6,000 to 12,000-word dissertation on an Art History topic chosen in consultation with teaching staff.
Graduates in Art History from St Andrews can expect to have a highly developed sense of independent critical thinking and judgement, and will have developed both a broad, and in some areas, a deep knowledge of art and art history.
The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure webpage.
Find out more about studying Art History at St Andrews.