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This course provides an interdisciplinary study of the history of both art and design. As well as advancing your knowledge of developments that have occurred in these vibrant areas of practice in modernity. You will acquire transferable skills in research, writing and creative practice.

The course is unique for its art school context, and makes full use of the workshops and learning resources available to all students during their studies at Kingston School of Art. The Art and Design History MA culminates in the student's choice of Major Project, either a dissertation or practice-based research submission and commentary (e.g. moving image, printmaking, photography, 3D).

Key features

  • The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research skills by writing a dissertation or submitting a creative project.
  • There are optional workshop inductions that provide you with access to 3D, moving image and printmaking, photography and letterpress resources.
  • A range of submissions including essays, presentations and creative portfolios.

What will you study?

There will be a series of dedicated taught modules that include approaches to themes and ideas in art and design history. You will acquire advanced essay writing and research skills to tailor your own path of study according to your particular interests and aspirations. You can also take part in activities and study trips organised by the Department of Critical and Historical Studies.

Assessment is by a unique combination of essay, presentation, dissertation and optional project-led research, enabling you to develop your understanding and application of art and design history in ways that are relevant to your research and career aims.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.


Visit the Art and Design History (MA) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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