The Dissertation is to be focused on a single work of art or architecture, located where it can be readily seen at first hand. The final piece of work will take the form of a substantial and considered investigation of the work or works, in the light of current knowledge and current interpretations, and informed by appropriate analysis of both visual and other relevant material, such as primary textual sources which may sometimes include unpublished documentation. It will be organised in discrete chapters, each covering an aspect of the work or works in a clear, complete and coherent manner, and it will contain a full scholarly apparatus and will be suitably illustrated.

Optional modules may include:

  • Contemporary Art and Home

  • An Unnatural History: Animals in Modern Western Art

  • Women and Artistic Culture 1400-1600

  • Paris Moderne, 1850-1930: Image, Concept, Femininity

  • Exiled and Displaced: Relationships between Modern Visual Culture and Socio-Politics

  • Fashioning Flesh and Technology: Modernism and the Body in Germany 1918-1933

  • Contemporary Art and Masculinity

  • Michelangelo

  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Contexts, Approaches and Reputations

  • Modernist Britain (1900-1940)

  • Beauty, Goodness and Truth: Topics in the Philosophy of Art

  • Turning the Pages: Manuscript and Print, Past and Present

  • Sculptural experiments in Britain, 1837-1901

  • Berlin 1890-1933: Symphony of a (Great?) City

  • Inside Out: Interior and Interiority in French Art, Design and Culture 1840-1940