We usually accept research students into the Department of Visual Cultures on the basis of a match between your proposed research and the current research interests of the department as well as an assessment of your qualifications and suitability to undertake a research degree.
Research in the department is organised around the following thematic clusters:
Culture, Memory, Futurity Environmental Humanities and Ecologies Globalisation and Transcultural practices Performance and Live Art Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory Political Aesthetics Sexes, Genders, Genres Spatial Practice and Architecture Technologies of Image and Sound The Curatorial
In order to ascertain whether your project matches our research interests and meets the criteria for MPhil level study, please consult our MPhil in Visual Cultures Application Pack which also contains a proposal form.
Assessment is by thesis and viva voce.
The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for you to continue your research to a PhD.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Leader, Professor Irit Rogoff.
In addition to regular tutorials with your supervisor, you will attend the MPhil Visual Cultures seminar in your first and second years of study. This is a weekly seminar dedicated to research questions and theoretical problems of study at MPhil level. It has the additional aim of fostering a supportive and participatory postgraduate research culture in the Department.
Other courses, seminars, workshops and events
As well as participating in the Seminar you are invited to audit an MA Special Subject of your choice should this be helpful. At key moments throughout the year, MPhil students on the Visual Culture programme join students on our MPhil Curatorial/Knowledge programme and there are also opportunities to benefit from seminars and workshops associated with our Centre for Research Architecture.
The Visual Cultures Public Programme
You are to attend the department’s Visual Cultures Public Programme. These events take place on Thursday evenings and are followed by an opportunity to socialize with staff, fellow students and other attendees.
The Department requires all students to attend the research student training programmes organised by ReSKIN (the Research Skills Intercollegiate Network). This is an organisation made up of various departments across the University of London, and the training is aimed specifically at students studying research in Art History, Visual Culture, Fine Art Practice and cognate disciplines. A college-wide programme of research training is also provided, which involves an induction course (which all students should attend), introduction to information technologies and the use of library and bibliographic resources, and sessions on research planning, presentation skills and ethics.
In the Department of Visual Cultures we explore and produce new forms of art history and theory.
Study in a department that combines an innovative approach with passionate academics, and makes full use of London's many opportunities to study art history.
Our degree programmes deliberately move away from chronological histories: the innovative art of our time arises out of the conflict of ideas. So you’ll explore the subject in the context of pertinent social, cultural and political issues and phenomena.
That means not only investigating artefacts you might see in museums and galleries, but also those making up our everyday visual and technological environment: including urban landscapes, film and video, and popular culture.
Our academics are passionate about the subject and are at the sharp end of theoretical developments in everything from architecture to spatial theory. Some are practising artists and curators, which makes our degrees relevant and exciting.
Our teaching takes advantage of the many galleries, art spaces, museums, cultural facilities and specialist libraries in London.