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BA (Hons) History of Art and Museum Studies

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Why study History of Art and Museum Studies at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 100% of students said: "Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course" in the most recent National Student Survey
  • Excellent overall student satisfaction rates in consecutive National Student Surveys
  • Follow our course activities on Instagram and Facebook
  • Option to specialise and tailor your assessments according to your career plans or personal interests in Art History
  • No exams - all assessments by coursework
  • You can get involved with the Schools own internationally-important gallery, the Exhibition Research Lab
  • Taught in the John Lennon Art and Design Building so you can mix and work with artists across a range of disciplines

About your course

Informed by internationally important research, the BA (Hons) History of Art and Museum Studies programme is taught in our award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building and offers exciting international internship opportunities.

You will also find that you have the opportunity to examine particular art works and artists of your own choice in detail. In fact you can even design your own course. For example, if contemporary art is your passion, you can choose it as your research topic for almost all assessments, whereas if you plan to work as a Museum Curator, you can be assessed on your museum placements.

We have contacts with many local art galleries and museums but our collaboration with Tate Liverpool is particularly beneficial, as you will spend time there getting to know its collections as well as the curators who can tell you what it's really like to work in the sector. There are more museums and galleries in Liverpool than in any city other than London - so it is an excellent city in which to study History of Art and Museum Studies.

However, our contacts aren't only based in and around Merseyside. Our internships in Venice and New York offer unique opportunities to really immerse yourself in the art world and experience living abroad for a few months. We also typically organise field visits to the art capitals of London, Amsterdam, Florence, Barcelona and Paris.

To find out more, visit the History of Art and Museum Studies Facebook page.

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"My favourite time on the course was having the amazing opportunity to work as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Not only did I learn the ins and outs of working in an international art gallery but I also made some wonderful friends and had the chance to live abroad."
Lauren Caley, graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


Past graduates have found careers as curators, education officers, marketing or public relations officers or co-ordinators of volunteers in museums, conservation experts, teachers, auctioneers, arts administrators, art insurance brokers, local authority arts officers, archive managers, charity arts grants administrators and journalists.

The course has a strong network of supportive graduates who regularly feed back into the course by making visits and providing advice. A number go on to study postgraduate degrees.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Artists and Practices
20 credits

This module will outline key developments in the history of the artist. Students will examine them in the context of films, monographs and autobiography to introduce basic materials and techniques used by artists and develop an understanding of these.

Frameworks in Art History
20 credits

This module will introduce students to the range and diversity of areas of the discipline of art history and to some of the themes of universal concern to artists from all eras.

Introduction to Art History
20 credits

Within this module students will explore art and design works and themes in a chronological context. Simultaneously students will examine the social contexts for art and design.

An Introduction to Museums and Galleries
20 credits

This module will introduce the key organisational structures of museums on Merseyside to examine the changing role of museums and art galleries and explore the history and circumstances of collecting and collections.

Collaboration with Contemporary Art
20 credits

Within this module, students will encounter contemporary art and artists in the north-west region, to develop an understanding and knowledge of the various organizations and roles within the industry.

Non-Western Art
20 credits

This module will expose you to a range of art made by non-Western artists in order to broaden knowledge and introduce you to the diversity of practices and techniques employed outside of Europe and the USA.

Level 5

Core modules

Curating: Histories and Practices 1
20 credits

This module will outline key museological concepts and issues to identify and explore broad critical debates relating to contemporary practices of display.

Art and Representation
20 credits

This module will outline key debates concerning the theories of representation to examine key images in their socio-political context and evaluate research materials.

Methods in Art History
20 credits

This module will enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of their own methodological position to explore art works from all periods of Art and Design History.

Curating: Histories and Practices 2
20 credits

This module provides students with practical experience of curating and with contact with curatorial specialists from within the industry. Students will also learn about the history of museums, galleries and collecting processes.

Design Histories
20 credits

This module enables students to explore design history and applied arts. Students will be informed about arts and crafts such as ceramics, furniture, jewellery and silver and will develop the facilities to analyse these subject areas critically with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and social environments surrounding the disciplines.

Internship and Professional Development
20 credits

This module will give students the knowledge needed to identify, develop and secure employment opportunities. Interview skills and presentation skills will be developed within the context of the cultural industries on Merseyside. Students will be introduced to work-based and work-related learning in an appropriate environment.

Optional Modules

Study Year Abroad - History of Art and Museum Studies
120 credits

This module enables the student to gain credits from another institution by undertaking a module, or combination of modules of choice at that institution.

Study Semester Abroad - History of Art
60 credits

The aim is to provide students with a semester of study at an approved overseas partner that will replace one semester of their LJMU programme at level 5.This is a semester of full-time study at an approved higher education institution which will replace one semester of level 5 study at LJMU. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be an appropriate substitute for the modules being replaced. Assuming successful completion of this semester, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the semester abroad.

Level 6

Core modules

Research Project (Dissertation)
40 credits

The Research Project is to collect, evaluate and process information within the context of specified research objectives. Students will formulate and present arguments with clarity, fluency and coherence according to the tenets of the discipline.

Research Paper and Symposium Presentation
40 credits

This module will identify and explore an agreed thematic topic relating to art history and museology to co-ordinate research in the context of the aims and objectives.

Major Project Practice
20 credits

This module allows students to follow and develop their own personal areas of interest identified to develop the ability to plan, implement and complete a sustained piece of practical or applied research.

Major Project Development (with the Museums Association)
20 credits

This module allows students to follow and develop their own personal areas of interest identified to develop the ability to plan, implement and complete a sustained piece of practical or applied research.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

You will be taught by friendly lecturers in small-group tutorials and workshops, which give you the chance to discuss course material more informally. There will also be study visits and workshops at local museums, galleries and art institutions. A lot of your time will be devoted to personal study including library and online research and, as the course progresses, this will increase as you work on your research-based project, which may be offsite - for example if you choose to curate an exhibition in an art gallery.

Work-related Learning

The School of Art and Design's History of Art and Museum Studies department is fortunate to have many influential connections, both in Liverpool and internationally. Our links with other local high-profile organisations such as the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Open Eye Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, FACT, Liverpool Biennial, Static Gallery and Tate Liverpool have resulted in successful projects as well as employment for students.

Thanks to our strong links with a number of art institutions, this course offers many opportunities including our Peggy Guggenheim Internship Programme in Venice - each offers unique and varied opportunities to experience the art world as well as adding real value to your CV. As part of our Internship module you will have opportunities to gain work experience in a wide variety of art-related institutions, including museums and galleries, auction houses, sites of cultural heritage, archives and artists' studios. We also offer unique opportunities to experience the art world through exchange placements at universities across Europe and in the USA.

We offer opportunities to arrange mock interviews with art professionals and to develop your teamwork skills by organising a public symposium at a museum or art gallery. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to take on a major project, which could involve running art activities in schools, curating an exhibition, conserving art works or writing for a newspaper. All of these experiences will help you to develop the key transferable skills that employers look for.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to meet you one-to-one to give feedback or support on work or projects and help you plan your future career.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. However, there are no exams on this course; all assessment is through coursework. This may include:

  • essays
  • a dissertation
  • literature reviews
  • reflective portfolios
  • individual and group presentations
  • live projects (e.g. curating an exhibition, teaching within schools)
  • reports on field studies or placements

Constructive feedback is crucial in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work. For this reason, we offer written and oral feedback immediately after each completed assignment as well as mid-way through, and at the end of, each semester. However, you will be encouraged to discuss your work informally with your tutors on an ongoing basis. As your tutors know you well you can be confident that their advice is based on deep knowledge of your work and your potential.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

History of Art and Museum Studies is taught in small cohorts and regularly receives 100% student satisfaction in the annual National Student Surveys.


What you can expect from your School

Rated a Top 10 Art School in the 2021 Guardian University League Tables.

Cross-disciplinary learning in art and design subjects takes place in the Liverpool School of Art and Designs John Lennon Art and Design Building, based in the Mount Pleasant Campus. Here students studying a variety of disciplines, including Architecture, Art in Science, Exhibition Studies, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Art and Museum Studies and Interior Architecture, will have the opportunity to develop their work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within a stimulating and critically demanding environment.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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