The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, widely recognised for its active research culture and excellence in teaching, offers a one-year taught Master of Arts degree. It is the only Renaissance MA in the UK to offer students the opportunity to spend a full university term in Venice. This MA, which covers the period c. 1300-c. 1650 across Europe, provides a foundation in the art, literature, philosophy, religion, and science of the period, exploring their interconnections with the social and political context. Strongly interdisciplinary, this MA is mostly taught by academics from the departments of Classics, English & Comparative Literature, History, History of Art and the School of Modern Languages & Cultures (especially Italian and French).
Alongside postgraduate students from the History of Art department,Renaissance Centre students spend the first term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture. Classes are mainly taught at Warwick in Venice, the University's premises in the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which provides an excellent basis for our teaching and research activities in the city. Students also have the opportunity to spend a further period of up to 3 months in Paris or Venice as part of the CSR's Erasmus exchange programme.
In addition to classes, Warwick offers seminars on a wide range of topics. The Centre's own seminar series is STVDIO. Other seminars of potential interest include the Early Modern and 18th Century Forum, the Medieval Seminar Series, and other research seminars in individual departments (such as Classics, English, Modern Languages, and History of Art).
Students will be able to avail themselves of Warwick's strong print and electronic resources for the study of the period, which include ITER, EEBO (Early English Books Online), The Making of the Modern World, and Early European Books. The libraries in Oxford and London are within easy reach.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Centre's strong connections with other institutions, such as the British Library, the Warburg Institute, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the National Trust.
I have to say, it is one of the most magical experiences I have ever had ... being given the opportunity to study its history while living here, is a privilege that Warwick gives to its students.”
Kevin. MA 2014-15