University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, Criticism

This programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, and prepare you for further research and/or a range of careers in the art world. The programme focuses on academic study and you can also opt for a cultural sector internship in or near Edinburgh. There are two compulsory courses, Research, Theories and Methods and Cultures and Politics of Display, and a selection of option courses that covers the latest developments in contemporary art theory and attends to the complexities of modern art. An external Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating, a leading voice in the field, will teach you, normally for two weeks in March. Your work culminates in a dissertation of around 15,000 words. Extracurricular research seminars will introduce you to emergent trends and world-class researchers.

Entry requirements

MSc: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

See our website for detailed programme information.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edinburgh College of Art EH3 9DF Scotland

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ECA Graduate School (Taught - General)
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