The Department of the History of Art and Film has a thriving postgraduate presence at both Masters and PhD level. Postgraduates can enjoy dedicated study space and computing facilities, with a regular programme of research seminars with staff, postgraduate and visiting speakers.
The MA programme covering the Country House in Art, History and Literature has been offered since 2005 and is recognised nationally and internationally for its unique and innovative teaching programme and strong vocational content. It has now been diversified into a comprehensive distance learning variant as well to cater to all kinds of tastes, interests and aspirations.
Our MA in Film and Film Cultures is a newer venture which we offer in collaboration with international film specialists in the School of Modern Languages. This course has been independently praised for offering a rich experience for students and for offering good choice within a clear conceptual framework that addresses the key aspects of postgraduate film studies, including: historical research of the film industries, formal and thematic film analysis, and the relationship between film and society.
At doctoral level our students explore a fascinating range of traditional single subject topics as well as more exploratory, interdisciplinary topics. We do our best to set up the perfect supervisory team and training programme tailored to the research and career interests of each individual.
For the benefit of all our research students we organise a programme of visiting lectures by distinguished scholars for the first semester of each academic year, and these are often arranged in thematic clusters such as ‘Brutalism and Its Legacies’, ‘Hollywood from the Avant-Garde to the Iraq War’, and ‘The Birth of Academic Historicism and the Heritage Industry’. As well as this, in the second semester we schedule our work-in-progress seminar series for research students and academic staff to present their latest research, ideas and methodological problems in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Our research students are also encouraged to get involved in our vibrant student-run society The Salon, which runs its own series of events on various academic and career-related topics as well as holding social events, and collaborates extensively with other student societies from across the university, most notably in English, History and Media.