Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Contemporary Art Theory

The MA in Contemporary Art Theory is for those with a special interest in contemporary art, and an aptitude for theoretical work in the subject. The programme offers a challenging and advanced scheme of study, which explores a range of theoretical perspectives that shape attitudes towards visual art in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Invigorated by current research, the programme encourages you to explore conceptually and creatively the ways in which contemporary artistic practice and critical theory interrelate. It aims to expand your knowledge of contemporary artistic developments as well as to deepen your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of academic discourses on visual culture. The programme draws variously upon the fields of performance studies, art history, philosophy, museology, queer theory, post-colonial studies and cultural studies in addressing the critical challenges posed by artistic practice.

Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to gain, an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in art history, fine art, another studio-based practice, arts administration and related activities, or a humanities discipline other than art history which demonstrates your ability to undertake work at Masters level. You don't necessarily need a formal academic qualification in art history: we welcome applications from prospective students who do not meet the standard entrance requirements but can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and experience from outside academia in the world of work. If you have little or no formal training in art history or a related humanities discipline, you may need to take a preparatory year of study on the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History. You may also be required to attend an interview. If English isn't your first language, you'll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us.

Course modules

The programme comprises a non-assessed introductory module, the Core Module (comprising 4 blocks that thematically vary from year to year and of which students choose 2), and four assessed components: two Special Subjects, the MA Symposium and the MA Dissertation. Students also attend the Visual Cultures Public Programme of lectures and other events. You have the option of auditing another special subject should you wish to do so, subject to availability and in agreement with the course tutor. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

Assessed oral presentation; one 12-15,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

AHRC.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,080 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,080 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,080 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,080 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,080 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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