Working from a strong theoretical basis, this programme will help you to understand a range of empirical, aesthetic and conceptual issues which traverse and exceed both ‘art’ and ‘international’ politics.

Why study MA Art and Politics at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll explore practices and issues related to public space, democracy, equality, participation and justice.
  • You’ll also examine a range of practices and strategies which, in the encounter between art and politics, play out in numerous forms and very different kinds of social spaces.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop frameworks and spaces that are mixed and mobile, and which can operate in trans-disciplinary settings. You’ll join students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, meaning that questions about ‘autonomy’ and the political character of art take on renewed vigour and urgency.
  • You’ll investigate art’s potential in times of political and cultural crisis. Why do contemporary art practices increasingly claim ‘political’ origins and motivations, while political parties seek the involvement of art and artists of all kinds? What good are practices that are neither art nor politics?
  • You’ll be able to choose from option modules covering topics such as gender politics, human rights, international relations and the politics of space, so you can focus on areas of particular interest to you.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Art and Politics: Theory History Event 30 credits
  • MA Art & Politics Dissertation 60 credits

Option modules

  • An(Other) China: Postcolonial Theory, Postmodern Concerns 30 credits
  • Individual Project 15 credits
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Thought: Political Philosophy in a Comparative Perspective 15 credits
  • Counter-Mapping: The Politics of Space 30 credits
  • Visualising Asia: Body, Gender, Politics 30 credits
  • Memory and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies 30 credits
  • Politics of Knowledge: Debates in Human Science 15 credits
  • Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
  • The Political-Economic Governance of the European Union 30 credits
  • Politics of Human Rights 15 credits
  • Psychopolitics 15 credits
  • Theories of International Relations 30 credits
  • Gender and Politics 15 credits

Student Destinations

Our graduates come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and embark on highly contrasting career paths. These include careers in curating (both independent and embedded); art practice (both collaborative and individual); journalism (radio, web and print journalism); performing arts; central and local government; work with NGOs (national and international); research (academic and professional); project development, administration and management. Some of our graduates undertake further professional training in law; journalism; education and social work.


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £9320 Home/EU - part-time: £4660 International - full-time: £18900

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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