Description

The MA Contemporary Art Theory is for those with a special interest in contemporary art, and an aptitude for theoretical work in the subject.

Why study MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths?

  • This degree explores a range of theoretical perspectives that shape attitudes towards visual art in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
  • You’ll be encouraged to explore conceptually and creatively the ways in which contemporary artistic practice and critical theory interrelate.
  • You’ll expand your knowledge of contemporary artistic developments and deepen your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of academic discourses on visual culture.
  • The programme draws from the fields of performance studies, art history, philosophy, museology, queer theory, postcolonial studies and cultural studies in addressing the critical challenges posed by artistic practice, and you’ll be able to focus on an aspect that particularly interests you.
  • You’ll take part in an assessed symposium, which provides you with a chance to present your dissertation topic at an early stage in order to define and progress your final project.

Study Details:

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

Module Details:

Core module

  • The Common Core Module: DEL: Readings/Processes 0 credits

Special subjects

  • Curating and Ethics 45 credits
  • Transforming Critical Practices 45 credits
  • Reading the Performative 45 credits
  • Sex, Gender, Species 45 credits
  • Transcultural Memory 45 credits
  • Spatial Biopolitics 45 Credits
  • The Ocean as Archive 30 credits
  • Psychopower and Subjectivity 30/45 Credits

Student Destinations

Many of our MA students have gone on to MPhil/PhD study, not only in art history and visual cultures, but also in related fields such as philosophy, cultural studies and literature. Careers obtained by recent graduates include: artist, curator/collections manager, journal editor, lecturers, researcher, and roles in TV and production, public relations, and rights and marketing.

Fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: ÂŁ8640 Home/EU - part-time: ÂŁ4320 International - full-time: ÂŁ16290

Entry Requirements

You should normally have, or expect to gain, an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in art history, fine art, another studio-based practice, arts administration and related activities, or a humanities discipline other than art history which demonstrates your ability to undertake work at Masters level.

You don’t necessarily need a formal academic qualification in art history: we welcome applications from prospective students who do not meet the standard entrance requirements but can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and experience from outside academia in the world of work.

If you have little or no formal training in art history or a related humanities discipline, you may need to take a preparatory year of study on the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History. You may also be required to attend an interview.

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