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Art and Design History - MA

Course Description

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 - and, in particular, the last 50 years - the course will also provide you with transferable skills in history, theory and research.

Key features
-The dissertation or major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research skills.
-Field visits and activities supplement your lectures and seminars. Possible destinations include New York, Barcelona, Berlin and Paris.

What will you study?

You will study a series of dedicated taught modules that are concerned with issues of research methodology, subject-specific case studies and creative practice. You will be expected to conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. This will enable you 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 School of Art & Design History.

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.


Seminar presentations, essays, dissertation (12,000-15,000 words), and major project (5,000+ words).

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules
-Interrogating Art and Design: Critical Perspectives and Creative Practices
-Special Topics in Art and Design
-Creative Economies and Cultural Industries
-The Politics of Design: Artefacts, Identity and Protest
-Major Project

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

(Student Profile)

Donna Yamani

"Having been out of the education system for 12 years, it was with slight trepidation that I came to Kingston to do my masters degree. But I really had no need to worry. The course content has been fascinating - the guest lecturers enable us to experience a broad range of subjects to discuss and take further with our research. The staff are readily available, either in person or by email. I am looking forward to starting my dissertation... knowing that there will always be someone that I can contact to discuss ideas and research."

(Student Profile)

Yaara Ofir

I wanted to apply for an MA in art history here in London and Kingston seemed like a great choice. I liked that the programme is both art and design, because I'm always happy to study new fields (my BA was art and literature). Also, the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming when I came to visit and that's what 'sealed the deal' for me.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in: art history; or design history; or a humanities subject, such as English literature, film and media studies or sociology; or a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art with some art history.

Last Updated

11 April 2017

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