University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Contemporary Art Theory

This programme encourages creative, holistic, and practicable knowledge of this increasingly polymathic field, grounding practical schooling in criticism, artwriting and curating in knowledge of key histories and theories of contemporary art. The programme addresses issues raised by the practices of contemporary art, criticism and curating as a means of encouraging students to contribute both critically and practically. Students of this programme conduct research in relation to a broad range of creative, cultural and historical contexts in ways that are speculative, writerly, philosophical, organisational, social and economic; students apply aesthetics, art theory and criticism, art historiography, anthropology, cultural geography and critical theory to engage with contemporary art�s variety of media, technologies, images, artefacts, tactics, texts, cultural contexts and professional practices.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an Honours degree with classification 2.1 or above or an equivalent professional qualification in a related field of study; this programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 9,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MFA Full-time £ 7,800 per Academic year (home fees) 21 months
MFA Full-time £ 15,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

ECA Graduate School
Telephone number: 
0131 650 4086