Durham University

Durham University

Visual Arts and Culture

This course invites students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts and of visual culture. To study visual arts and culture is a way of paying attention to phenomena that are literally everywhere. The concept of �visual culture� acknowledges the pervasive nature of visual phenomena, and signals openness towards both the breadth of objects and images, and the range of theoretical and methodological perspectives needed to understand them adequately.

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree, usually at 2:1 level or higher or GPA average of 3.2 from a recognised national or international university in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

Course modules

Optional modules; critical curatorship; history, knowledge and visual culture; representing otherness; negotiating the human; theorizing history and historicising theory: an introduction to photographic studies; digital imaging; cultural heritage, communities and identities; current issues in aesthetics and theory of art; ethics of cultural heritage; monumental architecture of the roman empire in the Antoine and Severan periods; art in ecological perspective; texts and cultures i: visual and verbal cultures (early modern); energy, society and energy practices; German reading skills for research; French reading skills for research.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3439