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Study History of Art, Film and Visual Media

Birkbeck, University of London

Welcome to The School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media. It is an established centre, with a high national and international reputation in medieval, Renaissance and modern art history, the history of film and television and the use and effects of new technology in visual culture.

Teaching is informed by current staff research interests. These extend from medieval art and architecture through to New Art practice. New areas of study include French and British decorative arts and interiors, nineteenth- and twentieth-century design history, museology, issues relating to gender and representation, and interdisciplinary topics, particularly relationships between art and music.

Academic Research Projects Based in the School

Currently the School is pleased to support three academic research projects within the School.

CACHe (Computer Arts, Contexts, Histories etc.) is an AHRC-funded, major research project investigating the early days of the computer arts in the United Kingdom from their origins in the 1960s to the 1980s, when the first personal computers began to be used. The project's intention is to archive, document and contextualise the computer arts. Its principal goals are to recover this history and confirm its cultural and aesthetic legitimacy.

The aim of the AHRC Centre for British Film and Television Studies is to enhance and extend the recent growth in high level academic research on British Film and Television. It supports the development of innovative research processes and encourages their application to rare and neglected material held in a variety of film, television and video collections and empirical and historical investigation of the British film and television industry's relation to government policy.

The AHRC-funded National Inventory Research Project aims to help museums research and catalogue their collections and to present catalogue data on a publicly accessible website. It is concerned in the first instance with non-British Continental oil paintings between 1200 and 1900 in United Kingdom public collections. The project was initiated by the National Gallery, London, in liaison with colleagues in other national and regional collections. The project is intended to address two issues: the decline in collection research in United Kingdom museums, and the lack of publicly accessible information about collections especially in regional museums.


Undergraduate Prospectus

BA History of Art

Postgraduate Prospectus (MA)

MA History of Art

MA History of Film and Visual Media

MA Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

Postgraduate Prospectus (MPhil/PhD)

MPhil/PhD History of Art.

MPhil/PhD Film/Television/Media Studies

For short courses in Film and Media Studies visit the webpages of the faculty of Further and Continuing Education (FCE) at Birkbeck. See also the MA in Garden History offered by FCE.


School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck, University of London, 43, Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD

Tel: +44(020) 7631 6192

Fax: (020) 7631 6107


Website: /hafvm

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Birkbeck, University of London


School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck,
University of London,
43, Gordon Square,

Tel: +44(020) 7631 6192

Fax: (020) 7631 6107


Website: /hafvm