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Q: Post-Graduate Study ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Post-Graduate Study
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: clarette-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 15 Nov 2002 09:52 PST
Expires: 15 Dec 2002 09:52 PST
Question ID: 108398
Please could you tell me where I can study art history (Modern Art)
part-time.  The level I would like to study at is Masters and it
should be a taught course. I already have a BA and I have completed 2
semesters of an MA in art history. I would like to continue with
another college. Ideally, the Open University because I work

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 15 Nov 2002 09:59 PST
Dear clarette,

Where, approximately, are you located? (Country, region)


Request for Question Clarification by kyrie26-ga on 15 Nov 2002 10:59 PST
Hi clarette-ga,

I can narrow down your search for you by the following criteria :

Distance from home
Campus setting
Majors offered Student/faculty ratio
Academic programs
Single-sex vs. coed
Religious affiliation
Varsity sports 

If you could give me more details, I will find this list for you.
Thanks! At this time my search tool gives me too many results so I'll
need more criteria from you.


Request for Question Clarification by kyrie26-ga on 15 Nov 2002 11:04 PST
Hi clarette-ga,

When you say "open university", do you mean distance learning and/or
correspondence courses? Or do you mean they have flexible courses so
that you can be a part-time student if you want, as opposed to the
British education system for instance, where you need to be full-time?
How much flexibility do you have with your current work (ie. what kind
of schedule)? Any info on this would help refine my search for you.

Subject: Re: Post-Graduate Study
Answered By: legolas-ga on 15 Nov 2002 21:55 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hi Clarette, 

The Open University will not be offering Master's level courses in Art
History until 2004.  

None of the accredited online universities (like the University of
Phoenix, Western Governor's University, etc.) have coursework leading
to a Master's in Art History.

However, I was able to find two private universities that offer online
and distance coursework, leading to a Master's degree in Art History. 
Neither is regionally or nationally accredited, so you may want to
take that into account when making your decision.

Atlantic International University
Art History
818 Sheridan Street 200B
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 1-800-993-0066
Fax: 1-808-947-2488

Commonwealth Open University
Palm Chambers, P.O.Box 119
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands U.K.
Phone: 1-917-477 1321

If you have any questions or would like clarification of this answer,
please ask prior to rating this answer.


Search terms:

+ distance +"graduate programs" +art

Request for Answer Clarification by clarette-ga on 16 Nov 2002 03:37 PST
In answer to many of the questions posed around this question: I am
based in London, I would like part-time study in London or distance
learning. Also, how do you rate courses at Sotheby's and Christies?

Clarification of Answer by legolas-ga on 16 Nov 2002 08:05 PST
I was able to find a page that listed all (or at least the majority)
of the Graduate Schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Specifically, Sotheby's doesn't seem to offer distance-based education
unfortunatly: which seemed to be part of your original question.
Sotheby's Institute of Art can be found at:

Christie's too is a not-by-distance education. You can find their site

My impression of Christie's and Sotheby's Art History program is that
since these auction houses are two of the largest auction houses in
the world, the amount of raw material they would have to study would
more than likely be impressive. However, neither of these institutions
offer distance education in Art History.

One final link I was able to find for you includes all the Distance
Education schools offering degrees in Art History:

I hope this helps with your search. As always, if you find a part of
this answer unclear, feel free to ask for clarification prior to
rating this answer.


Search Terms:

"art history" london distance
"art history" sotheby
Sotheby's Institute

Request for Answer Clarification by clarette-ga on 17 Nov 2002 05:38 PST
Thank you. I am not interested exclusively in distance learning though
- I also stated part-time.  I would be interested to know how the
Sotheby's course is rated academically and the reputation it has
because it is very expensive to study there. Many thanks.

Clarification of Answer by legolas-ga on 17 Nov 2002 09:54 PST
My appologies for not thoroughly understanding the question. There are
a few sources of 'ratings' of Universities online.  The most useful
one is probably:

Sotheby's institute of Art grants degrees on authority of the
University of Manchester. (read UofManchester's review here:  )

The New York Sotheby's Institute in 1989, became an accredited
institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and

Some other links to Universities that offer part time programs:

Thanks again for using Google Answers. Hope this clarifies your

Search Terms:

"part time" art history uk graduate

Request for Answer Clarification by clarette-ga on 18 Nov 2002 03:48 PST
Thank you very much. You directed me to the audit report of Manchester
University, but I cannot find any information specifically on the
Sotheby's course. I'm sorry, but if you can give me any further help
on how to rate their MA in contemporary art I would be extremely
grateful. Otherwise, Many thanks!

Clarification of Answer by legolas-ga on 18 Nov 2002 08:51 PST
I'm sorry, I wasn't able to find the information about rating the
course offered at Sotheby's.

For your future information however, a "second question" like rating a
particular University Course typically should be asked as a distinct
and seperate question on Google Answers. As this type of question
typpically takes a completely seperate search of the available
information on the Internet.

The University of Manchester is the degree granting body for Sotheby's
however--so an audit report on them should give you much of the
information you require.

If I *DO* locate something more specific to Sotheby's in my future
research, I'll be sure to clarify the answer with new information for
you: but, for now, unfortunatly, I have no more information to share.

Thanks so much for using Google Answers!

Clarification of Answer by legolas-ga on 18 Nov 2002 09:13 PST
One last bit of info:

I emailed Sotheby's a few days ago and they just got back to me.
Here's the text of the letter...

>>>I'm afraid that we do not run part-time postgraduate programmes. 
It might
>>>be possible for you to attend the taught elements of a programme
>>>(which would mean 9 months of studying full-time) and then defer
>>>of your dissertation for one year - but nothing more part-time than

>>>It isn't possible to find independent ratings of our programmes on
the Web -
>>>but if you apply for one of the programmes we could certainly put
you in
>>>touch with alumni. 

>>>With best wishes.

>>>Venetia Hill-Perkins

Thanks again.
clarette-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Good - prompt attention and professional response.

Subject: Re: Post-Graduate Study
From: leli-ga on 16 Nov 2002 01:39 PST

If you live in London, have you considered studying at Birkbeck? It
has a good reputation (part of London University) and a tradition of
catering for people who work full time. Their MA in Art History is not
just in Modern Art, I'm afraid, but it seems to have an element of

Good luck!
Subject: Re: Post-Graduate Study
From: leli-ga on 16 Nov 2002 09:00 PST
You could also try searching the database of postgraduate courses at:

Click on 'search courses and research'.

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