Universitat de Barcelona

Advanced Studies in Art History

Introduction

This degree is aimed at holders of pre-EHEA undergraduate degrees in History of Art or related fields who want to gain a deeper understanding of the research mechanisms needed to prepare a doctoral thesis or to apply their knowledge to art distribution and the art market.

The master's degree in Advanced Studies in Art History is structured around two specializations:
  • The first addresses specific knowledge of historiography and the methodology required for the rigorous preparation of studies in art history.
  • The second focuses on the explanation and experience of activities involved in art collecting (museums, foundations, educational institutions and private patrons), the art market (trade fairs, galleries, antiquarian dealers and auctions) and in the distribution and dissemination of art (education, publishing, criticism and the media).

Each of the specializations requires students to complete a range of core, compulsory subjects as well as the optional subjects unique to the specialized pathway. In addition, all students prepare a final project that will give them the opportunity to seek admission to doctoral studies.
A variety of career opportunities are linked to this area of knowledge: teaching and research are particularly strong options, but there are also growing opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired during the degree programme to the field of social development.

Learning objectives

  • Critically identify the diachronic and synchronic processes in different fields of art history, and the methodological options available for the scientific appreciation of art in different historical contexts, for the purpose of designing appropriate cognitive models.
  • Determine and explain the relationship between artistic thought (theoretical, critical and aesthetic) and the process of artistic production throughout history.
  • Understand the evolution of issues related to artistic heritage in its various manifestations (monuments, collections, museums, the market, curating and tourism) in order to compare and distinguish between qualitative historical changes.
  • Classify and evaluate techniques and strategies in publications or specialized art history sections or supplements, to provide an overview of the artistic process and its phases.
  • Appreciate the complexity of today's globalized and multicultural art world.
  • Identify new artistic genres and the symbiosis and overlaps between all the arts (fine arts, performing and visual arts, cinema and audiovisual) through critical analysis.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan and Spanish
Number of places available:
 30
Approximate price:
 46,11 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2020-2021
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

This master's degree is open to students with a broad range of profiles, as the field of art history encompasses many professions of diverse natures. The course is particularly addressed to holders of a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in:
  • Art history.
  • Humanities: history, geography, fine arts, social anthropology, conservation, etc.
  • Architecture or design, specializing in museography.
    Social sciences and communication: audiovisual communication, journalism, sociology, etc.
  • Economic sciences, business sciences and tourism.
  • Biological and environmental sciences (biology, palaeography, mineralogy, etc.), relating to museum or heritage management.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

You may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the master's committee.

Skills and competences

General competences:
Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Apply self-critical skills and self-assessment to their individual and collective learning processes.
  • Assess the implications of team work and apply their knowledge to group projects and specialized professional practice.
  • Design and manage projects.
  • Make appropriate decisions at each stage of development of a project.
    identify strategies for analysis and synthesis in complex cognitive processes, such as those related to diversity and multiculturalism in the contemporary world.
  • Identify professionally proven tools and strategies that foster quality in scientific work and in basic and applied research.


Specific competences:
Successful students will also be able to:
  • Critically identify the diachronic and synchronic processes in different fields of art history, and the methodological options ​​available for the scientific appreciation of art in different historical contexts, for the purpose of designing appropriate cognitive models.
  • Determine and explain the relationship between artistic thought (theoretical, critical and aesthetic) and the process of artistic production throughout history.
  • Understand the evolution of issues related to artistic heritage in its various manifestations (monuments, collections, museums, the market, curating and tourism) in order to compare and distinguish between qualitative historical changes.
  • Classify and evaluate techniques and strategies in publications or specialized art history sections or supplements, to provide an overview of the artistic process and its phases.
  • Appreciate the complexity of today's globalized and multicultural art world.
  • Identify new artistic genres and the symbiosis and overlaps between all the arts (fine arts, performing and visual arts, cinema and audiovisual) through critical analysis.

Pre-enrolment calendar

  • First period: 12 February - 17 April 2020.

Notification of resolutions: 30 April

  • Second period: 20 April - 19  June 2020.

Notification of resolutions: 30 June



  • Third period: 1 July - 20 July 2020.



Notes:
  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Closed Pre-enrolment

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Selection criteria

  • Suitability of academic record: credit is given for previous studies in art history and related disciplines.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in art history.
      Maximum of 3 points.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in humanities (history, geography, fine arts, social anthropology, conservation, etc.) or architecture or design with a specialization in museography.
      Maximum of 2 points.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in social sciences or communications (audiovisual communication, journalism, sociology, etc.) or tourism.
      Maximum of 1 point
  • Weighted average grade for previous studies
    Maximum score: 4
  • Suitability of professional profile, on the basis of curriculum vitae and experience
    Maximum score: 2
  • Other criteria established by the Admissions Committee (grants, participation in projects, etc.)
    Maximum score: 1

Notification

In the event that the demand exceeds the number of places available, the Admissions Committee may select candidates without carrying out merit prioritization.
Successful candidates are placed on an admission list in order of preference. Those who are not admitted are placed on a waiting list and will be admitted automatically in case of withdrawals or the creation of new places.
In the event that the number of places exceeds the demand, the Admissions Committee may select candidates without carrying out merit prioritization. To date this has never been the case.

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