Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Contemporary Art Theory

The programme comprises of a non assessed introductory course, the common core course readings or processes, and 4 assessed components; students also attend the weekly guest lecture or film screening programme and two or more one-day workshops, one of which is a writing workshop; the taught part of the programme, which runs from end September to end of March, offers an understanding of contemporary art practice and its wider cultural significance; it is designed to develop an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches that inform the heterogeneous field of visual art production whilst, at the same time, enabling students to identify and prepare the area of independent research they will carry out in their dissertation project.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Class Honours degree in an appropriate humanities subject such as fine art, history of art, visual culture, cultural studies, philosophy, film studies, literature or music; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Students take 2 special subjects, the MA symposium and the MA dissertation; they also have the option of auditing another special subject should they wish to do so, subject to availability and in agreement with the course tutor; special subjects are in-depth taught courses based on the current research interests of staff; they focus on an aspect of contemporary art, cultural theory or contemporary thought that is of particular interest; special subjects currently include: affiliations: contemporary African philosophy and culture; conflict and negotiations as spatial practices; geographies; judgement and creation; reading the performative; sex, gender, species; thinking the sensuous: ethics, aesthetics and the production of subjectivity; transforming critical practices (laboratory course); transcultural memory; please note: the options available in any given year may alter due to staff research commitments and timetabling; likewise, the content of a given course may be subject to some alteration from year to year.

Sponsorship information



Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7078 5300