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The Department of Visual Cultures brings together researchers, lecturers and students committed to exploring – and producing – new forms of contemporary art-theoretical practice in an environment that is culturally diverse and intellectually challenging.
We specialise in the histories and theories of modern and contemporary visual practices from around the world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we look at ways in which art engages with urgent social, cultural and political issues in the world. Therefore we explore visual culture within a framework of critical theory, philosophy and cultural studies. Included are issues of cultural difference, performativity, visual display, aurality, encounters with audiences and the production of subjectivities.
Our approach to learning, teaching and research at all academic levels is exploratory and innovative, yet rigorous. All students are encouraged to develop independence of thought by discovering, evaluating and making appropriate use of a wide range of historical, theoretical and creative approaches to research and writing. It is both what we teach, and how we do so, that gives our programmes their distinctive character in academia. Our research culture is vibrant and innovative. Several members of staff have been awarded prestigious research grants, and the Department actively fosters collaborative connections with theorists and visual art practitioners working nationally and internationally.
The Department hosts a weekly guest lecture series, plus interdisciplinary workshops and conferences. We also maintain links with international institutions such as Humboldt University in Berlin, the Helsinki Academy of Arts, and TU, Vienna.
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This Diploma has been designed as a conversion programme for graduates of other disciplines who wish to carry out research at higher levels in the fields of modern and contemporary art history and visual cultures. Read more
The MRes in Visual Cultures is ideal if you have already completed an advanced course of study in art history and theory but would like to further develop your thought and research projects before studying at MPhil/PhD level. Read more