This multidisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working now play significant roles in society. The course introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary debates that inform the theories and practice of visual culture, and enables you to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture.
You will acquire creative and professional research skills, such as the ability to work from exhibitions, art works and institutional archives, to be able to operate within different artistic and conceptual frameworks.
This Masters balances historical and theoretical debates in the field of visual culture studies with a rigorous interrogation of cultural practices across a range of topics, including: activism and popular politics; contemporary visual arts, capitalism and culture; globalisation and new media technologies; institutions and their archives; and the material culture of the city. The course also draws upon the cultural institutions and intellectual resources of central London, and has established contacts with other galleries and organisations for work placements.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -DISSERTATION -VISUAL CULTURE: PRODUCTION, DISPLAY AND DISCOURSE -VISUAL CULTURE: THEORETICAL AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
Option modules - Choose four from: -CAPITALISM AND CULTURE -ENGAGING THE ARCHIVE -EXHIBITING PHOTOGRAPHY -INTERPRETING SPACE -REPRESENTING WORLD CULTURES -URBAN CULTURES -WORK PLACEMENTS IN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
Graduates will be equipped for roles in the creative industries, including museum and gallery work, education, arts administration and marketing, or could pursue further study to PhD level. The course is also suitable for practising artists wishing to further their research.
Being a part of the Visual Culture MA programme at Westminster stimulated my ambition and interest in various interdisciplinary approaches to creative thinking, and has also opened doors into an innovative community of visual theorists and cultural practices. With the benefits of new knowledge and inspiration, I hope to pursue PhD research at the Humboldt University in Berlin and thus become an active member in the wider creative local and global community.
My experience on the engaging Visual Culture MA was very positive. The interdisciplinary nature of the course opens up a vast and fascinating landscape where humanities and art, theory and practice are deeply interrelated. In this suggestive landscape, I was free to find my own way, to carve out my own pathway, developing and exploring my interests. Despite such a subjective approach, this was not a lonely journey. In the friendly and international environment of the University of Westminster I have established solid and inspiring relationships with both students and professors coming from all over the world. I am now motivated to continue on this research road, and will carry on my studies at PhD level.
You should have a good Honours degree (usually 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 7.0 in writing (or equivalent). Applicants may also be asked to provide an example of previous written work as part of the application. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
Recipient: University of Westminster
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