MA Art & Material Histories

The MA Art & Material Histories course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and can demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course.

For further information on how to apply to the course, and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School front page.


All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language) though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved a relevant UK Honours degree at 1st or upper second level (or International equivalent).
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved an international qualification equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree at 1st or upper second level.
3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior professional experience will be considered through a process called Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L), which involves a judgement of various work-life and formal educational experiences against the selection criteria.

Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.5 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), with a minimum of 6.0 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 176–184 or higher.


To distinguish between all the applicants that meet our entry requirements we select those that we believe have the current ability and potential to:

·           Demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course;
·           instigate relevant research and synthesise information to support your intentions;
·           critically evaluate your own and others’ achievements and identify areas for development;
·           evidence knowledge and understanding of a range of Art Historical themes and contexts;
·           pro-actively plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals;
·           evidence of critical thinking and research abilities, particularly in written work.

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