This MA will provide you with a unique and wide-ranging introduction to the complex and ever-changing role of the country house in its local, regional and national environment. The course is taught by distance learning, so you can learn around your existing commitments in a way that suits you.
This fascinating course investigates the architectural development of the English country house and its artistic contents, as well as its place within history and literature. The course also examines the economic and political importance of the house and its impact on the landscape, plus the technologies employed to design, build and run it.
You will study a wide variety of subjects, including the architecture of great houses, their economic and political importance, their gardens and landscapes, the furniture within them, their collections, and their representation in literature and film. Throughout the programme, you will be introduced to skills of multi- and interdisciplinary study.
This course is ideal for those working or intending to work in the heritage industry, museums, auction houses or tourism. The MA is ideally suited to graduates in subjects such as History of Art and Architecture, Social and Economic History, or English Literature, as well as those who intend to undertake further MPhil or PhD research on the country house.
Our modular structure allows you to study on a module-by-module basis and therefore develop from a PG certificate to a PG Diploma to a full MA. The full Masters Degree (MA) takes two years of study, but it is possible to study for a shorter Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) instead. All three variants start with the mandatory module on 'The Country House in Art, Literature and History' which can also be taken as a stand-alone short course for interest and/or continuing professional development.
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What's the difference?
You can take this course as a full Masters, a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). If you choose to do the PGDip, you will take all four modules but you won't complete the dissertation. If you choose to the PGCert, you would take Module 1 and one further module of your choice.
Start date: 11 February 2019
Application deadline for February 2019: 14 January 2019