In year 1 you take 7 compulsory courses and 4 elective courses.
- Period 1
- Trends and shifts in art history, 2000-2015 (Fundamentals I) (5 EC)
- Digital Perspectives: a course on computational art history and its development (Fundamentals II) (5 EC)
- Art history: institutions and current research (5 EC)
- Period 2
- Art History I: Knowledge, Technologies, and Material Culture (10 EC)
- Period 3
- Art History II: Global and Transcultural Art History (10 EC)
- Period 4
- Research design: Art History (5 EC)
The three courses in period 1 are worth 15 EC in all. In practice, however, it is somewhat less, as the course ‘Art history: institutions and current research’ is set up as a series of lectures throughout the first academic year.
In the periods 2, 3, and 4 of the first year you normally choose your four elective courses:
- 2 courses offered by the Dutch Graduate School of Art History (OSK).
- 2 courses from the 'master-apprentice' modules offered by the Art History Programme or one such module, plus a second elective from another RMA programme in the Humanities. The master-apprentice modules are:
- Medieval art
- Renaissance art
- Art of the Golden Age
- Art of the nineteenth century
- Modern and Contemporary art
- Technical Art History
The 'master-apprentice' modules are basically tutorials and will allow you to acquire in-depth knowledge of a certain period or an approach. If needed, you can even take a 'master-apprentice' tutorial with a specialist outside the University of Utrecht (Art History – open); this option needs the special approval of the programme coordinator.
Some of the electives from other RMA programmes require approval for participation by the course- or programmecoordinator.