Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Contemporary Visual Culture

This interdisciplinary subject explores the meanings and effects of visual images and ways of looking. Through its core elements, options and route specific seminars, the course examines the ways images are used and perceived in a society that is becoming increasingly saturated with visual technologies, and it explores the ways that images contribute to the formation of identities and social environments. You will be encouraged to engage with the subject using a theoretical, methodological and creative approach. The course provides opportunities for the production of a wide variety of academic writing as well as possibilities to develop critical thinking through visual practice. The course encourages a high degree of independent research that will culminate in either a dissertation or a project combining written and visual material. This course will appeal to applicants from a variety of backgrounds including art history, fine art, sociology and visual anthropology, those engaged in a range of careers such as lecturing, working in the cultural and heritage industries, and those looking to further develop their academic interests. Students have gone on to pursue careers in arts writing, curating and art practice. The course also provides the scope for opportunities to teach in Further or Higher Education in the arts.

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate UK Honours degree or international equivalent or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard. In addition you may also need to submit a digital portfolio.

Course modules

Core units: Practice 1: Art: Contemporary curating, contemporary visual culture, design cultures; practice 2: Art: Contemporary curating; contemporary visual culture; design cultures; practice 3 art: Contemporary visual culture major project; professional platforms; option unit: Contested territories; digital futures; health and wellbeing; images and archives; making our futures - ecological arts and sustainable design; negotiated study; object and context; the museum and the city; writing research and funding proposals.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 10,440 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,600 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MFA Full-time - 2 years
MFA Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

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