University of Kent

University of Kent

History and Philosophy of Art

This course provides a structured introduction to the postgraduate study of the history and philosophy of art and is intended for graduates in art history, philosophy and related subjects, such as fine art. It gives students the opportunity to pursue their interest in visual art at advanced level and within an interdisciplinary context, to develop a high level of expertise in topics in history and philosophy of art and to prepare for doctoral research in history of art or philosophy of art. Students will spend the entire year in the French capital, which will allow them to participate in excursions to prominent cultural locations and make use of research resources that are only available in Paris. Students will have the unique opportunity to study the arts at postgraduate level within the context of a city that has been at the very centre of many crucial artistic and art theoretical developments in the past few centuries.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the school will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. Applications should include a sample of academic writing. Ideally this will be an essay, on a similar or related topic, that applicants have recently written as part of their undergraduate degree programme. Please upload this to your application portal. Students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate grade/score in an approved English language examination. We recommend taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as IELTS or Pearson (PTE).

Course modules

Modules include: Key concepts and classic texts in history and philosophy of art; modern art in Paris; theory: where art, film and literature meet; dissertation. Optional modules: From the idea of a city to philosophies of urban design; architecture and cities 1840s-1960s; modernism and Paris; film and modernity; Paris and the European enlightenment; identity, trauma and sexuality in modern French literature; Paris: reality and representation; best of enemies: images of Britain and France in the 19th and 20th centuries; religion and European thought.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT2 7NZ South East

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