Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture
Differences from 2018/19 to 2021/22
The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:
1. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in the History of Art, and must, upon entering for the examination, produce from his or her society a certificate to this effect.
The course shall comprise: I, one compulsory paper; II, one optional paper chosen by the candidate; and III, a dissertation.
I. The compulsory paper entitled '
Theory and Methodsin theHistory of Art’will be assessed by three essays of between 1,200 and 1,500 words each. A choice of topics for these essays as prescribed by the examiners will be published on the WebLearnpages for this degree programme by noon on Monday of ninth weekof Trinity Term. Two copies of eachessay submittedmust be deliveredto the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG,by noon on Thursday of ninth weekof Trinity Term in the year in which the examination is to be taken.
II. Optional papers will cover topics and issues of art history and visual culture from the later Middle Ages to the present, as approved from time to time by the Committee of the History of Art. A definitive list of the optional papers available in any one year will be posted on the notice boards of the Faculty of History by Friday of fourth week of Michaelmas Term at the latest. Optional papers will be examined by
two extended essaysof between 4,000and 5, 000words.
III. A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic in the history of art, to be approved by the candidate's supervisor and the Head of the Department of History of Art prior to the submission of essay and dissertation titles to the Chair of Examiners for the degree.
3. Candidates shall make written application for the approval of the titles of their
extended essaysin their optional paper, and also notify the examiners of the title of their dissertation by the examination entry date.
Two typewritten or printed copies of each extendedessay for the optional paper must be sentto the Chairof the Examiners forthe M.St in History of Art and Visual Culture, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BGby noon on Monday of Week One of Trinity Term. Two typewritten or printed copies of the dissertation must be sent to the Chair of Examiners at the same address by noon on Monday of Week Sixof Trinity Term. The dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarizes its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words. Boththe essays and the dissertations must be (individually) securely and firmly bound in either hard or soft covers; andthe presentation and footnotes should comply with the requirements specified in the Regulations of the Education Committee for the degrees of M.Litt. and D.Phil. and follow the Conventions for the presentation of dissertations and theses of the Board of the Faculty of History.
. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination. 6. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to re-take the examination on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt. Such a candidate whose dissertation has been of satisfactory standard will not be required to re-submit the dissertation, while a candidate who has reached a satisfactory standard on both the option and the prescribed theory and methodsessays will not be required to re-take those parts of the examination.