Kingston University

Kingston University

Aesthetics and Art Theory

This programme grounds its problems and concepts in a philosophical context; the course prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in the arts, education and public policy; it also provides preparation for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences; this programme combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree 2.1 or 1st Class or equivalent in philosophy or a related subject; applicants whose 1st language is not English should provide IELTS results of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Kant and the aesthetic tradition; philosophy dissertation. Optional modules: art theory (modernism, avant-garde, contemporary); critique, practice, power; german critical theory; hegel and his legacy; nietzsche and heidegger; plasticity and form; psyche, subject, sex; recent french philosophy; recent italian philosophy; romantic philosophy of art.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework, including short exercises; essays; and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,950 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penrhyn Road Campus Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE South East
Knights Park Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ South East

Key information

Applicant Services
Telephone number: 
0844 855 2177