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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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There are a few spaces left on this course and applications have been re-opened until Monday 30 September 2019.

The Diploma in History of Art: Renaissance and Baroque offers an opportunity for students to focus on specific periods of visual culture in more depth. The core subjects taught are “Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy” and “International Baroque”, with a term 3 wild card which, in 2019-20, is “Visual Cultures of Central Europe: Germany, Hungary and Poland, 1400-1800”. Each day school also includes a class on academic and other skills pertinent to the topics being covered.

Progression for students studying this course is provided in the Undergraduate Diploma in History of Art: British Visual Culture, due to run in 2020-21.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed ?


The course is taught through a series of day schools and will be delivered through a combination of lectures (formal presentations with slides); seminars (tutor-led talk combined with group discussion) and group visits, as well as reading and assignments undertaken individually by students outside the course sessions.

Students will be taught by expert tutors with extensive experience of research and teaching at the University of Cambridge as well as international guest lecturers including academics and curators renowned in their field. Students will receive close academic direction and advice from the Academic Director, course directors and tutors, the premise of which will be to empower them to develop their own art-historical knowledge and ideas, individual interests and skills.

You will learn how to present your ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each unit to: 

  1. attend day-schools and site visits
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute’s virtual learning environment. 

It is essential that students have an email account and regular access to the internet. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online and feedback on your work is delivered online. 

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course. 


Successful completion of each year of the Diploma will mean that students have to either:

a)     Submit three module-based essays of c.3500 words each;


b)     Submit two module-based essays of c.3500; prepare and deliver an illustrated presentation to the group, and complete another short written task (examples include writing a wall label, completing a visual analysis report, etc).

In addition to attending both the face-to-face teaching during each day school and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification ?

The Certificate is taught and awarded at second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 5) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the second year of full-time undergraduate study.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

12 Oct 2019 to 27 Jun 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

30 Sep 2019

Course fee

Home: £2,250
Overseas: £2,250

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 5

Teaching sessions

Fieldtrips: 3
Meetings: 9

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