The MA programme offers more thorough professional knowledge and skills: a greater emphasis is placed on methodological and theoretical approaches as well as specific research issues. Additional focus lies in teaching the history and theory of art, semiotics and sociology of art. MA studies in Institute of Art History and Visual Culture are based on multi-faceted support for the student’s individual interests, choices and development. Students can shape the course of their studies according to their personal interests, selecting from several areas of specialization and elective subjects available. The theoretical subjects are largely taught in seminar format, fostering active participation in the study process. Theoretical subjects are supported by study trips and practical assignments. The MA programme also includes editorial internships, which allows the students to try their hand at working as art or architecture critics with newspapers and magazines. The programme will end with defending a master’s thesis that proves the professional maturity of the graduate as an art historian or curator.
From 2017 the Institute participates in a joint English-language MA program with Tallinn University in Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies.
The head of the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture’s MA curriculum is Kristina Jõekalda, the Museology area of specialization is led by Anu Allas, the Curatorial Studies area of specialization by Anders Härm, and the Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies MA curriculum is headed by professor Andres Kurg.