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Advanced Studies in Art History


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:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan and Spanish
Number of places available:
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
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