Postgraduate Certificate in Art History and Renaissance Culture

About the course

If you have an interest in art history and Renaissance culture and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this course provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop your interests while gaining a Post Graduate Certificate qualification. Focusing on complex ideas and arguments pertaining to the production and understanding of works of art and Renaissance cultural history, the course is ideal for students who want to study at a postgraduate level but who do not want to commit to a full MA.

This seven-month programme aims to:

  • Give students mastery over the current methodological and theoretical approaches to art history rooted in the Renaissance and early modern period.
  • Train students to recognise, critique and articulate complex ideas about the production and understanding of works of art and renaissance cultural history
  • Develop advanced research and analytical skills that are highly valued transferable skills as well as good preparation for further academic study. 
  • Provide a stepping for those who wish to progress to further postgraduate study. Students will gain 60 credits towards a Masters’ Degree.

I have kept in contact with many of The Warburg Institute staff and Fellows and I continue to collaborate with some of them on research projects, lectures or seminars. 

Dr. Laura Popoviciu, former MA and PhD Student


Why study with us?

As a student at the Warburg Institute, you will have access to the best resources for the study of Renaissance art and culture in London. Unparalleled staff contact hours are combined with access to the Warburg Library, with its unique cataloguing system specifically designed to aid research, and the National Gallery’s collection and archives.

Through the Institute’s research projects, fellowship programmes and events, and its informal collegiate atmosphere, students have extensive opportunities for networking with an international community of scholars, which significantly enriches the learning experience and can provide ideal connections for the future careers.

Studying in Bloomsbury at the centre of an academic and cultural hub, students also benefit from visits and training sessions at neighbouring institutions including the British Museum, the Government Art Collection, the Wellcome Trust and the British Library, and further afield the V&A, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery.  




Teaching and Learning

All students take one core module and two option modules. The modules selected are taken from those on offer on the MA programme. The course is examined as follows:

  1. Art History and Renaissance Culture: Image to Action – 4,000 word essay
  2. Two option modules  – 4,000 word essay for each option
Option Modules
  • Cosmological Images: Representing the Universe
  • Islamic Authorities and Arab Elements in the Renaissance 
  • Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern
  • Renaissance Painting and the Workshop Tradition

(Additional modules may be offered, depending on both student numbers (a minimum of three students required per option) and teaching staff availability.)

Course Summary

Degree structure

One core module and one option module chosen from a range of topics.

Mode of study

Seven-month programme


Please see our Fees page for full details


Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a non-UK institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course.

Application deadline 31 August 2019.