Choose Kingston's Aesthetics and Art Theory MA
This MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field. Unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context. It will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the arts, education and public policy – it is particularly highly regarded in the arts. It also provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences.
You will benefit from high levels of staff-student contact, including individual tutorials, from versatile and internationally recognised teaching staff with a range of interests, projects and publications.
You will be part of a large, supportive community, studying with committed and engaged peers.
The course is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy - http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/crmep/
at Kingston University
, which organises conferences, workshops and regular research seminars.
What will you study?
This programme combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory and the philosophy of art history. Canonical authors studied include Adorno, Derrida, de Duve, Duchamp, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant and Merleau-Ponty. You will engage with some of the most influential texts in modern and contemporary art theory - from Kant and Schiller via Greenberg and Adorno to Rancière and Deleuze - framed in terms of fundamental conceptual problems inherited from the German Idealists. You will also gain a clear overview of philosophical approaches to modern art, distinguishing between ‘aesthetic', ‘Romantic' and ‘Modernist' problematics. You may also choose from a range of option modules from the Modern European Philosophy and Philosophy & Contemporary Critical Theory MA courses.
Coursework (including short exercises), essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.
This course is taught by internationally recognised specialists at the dynamic Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.
Since its inception in 1994, the CRMEP has developed a national and international reputation for teaching and research in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. In each of the last two research assessment exercises, RAE 2008 and REF2014, 65% of the research activities of the CRMEP were judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', with 25% of its outputs for REF2014 judged 'world-leading'.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition - Delivered and assessed in English
Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary - delivered and assessed in English
Contemporary European Philosophies - delivered and assessed in English
Critique, Practice, Power
German Critical Theory - delivered and assessed in English
Hegel and his Legacy - delivered and assessed in English
Kant and his Legacy - delivered and assessed in English
Nietzsche and Heidegger - delivered and assessed in English
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
Philosophy of Art History
Recent French Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English
Topics in Modern European Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English
What this course offers you
The course engages with some of the most influential texts in modern and contemporary art theory – from Kant and Schiller via Greenberg and Adorno to Rancière and Deleuze – framed in terms of fundamental conceptual problems inherited from the German Idealists.
It provides a clear overview of philosophical approaches to modern art, distinguishing between 'aesthetic', 'Romantic' and 'Modernist' problematics. Modules include the study of works by prominent contemporary authors such as Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Jean-François Lyotard, Rosalind Krauss, Benjamin Buchloh and many others.
It is one of the largest and most successful MA courses of its kind in the UK.
You benefit from the input of versatile and internationally-recognised teaching staff, with a wide range of interests, projects and publications.
It is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), together with two other MA programmes and a large group of research students.
You can choose from a wide range of module options, balanced by a shared central core of texts, concepts and problems.
It offers a pathway to related doctoral research at the CRMEP or other institutions.
You will be based at a University which combines both an inclusive approach to education and ambitious investment in advanced-level humanities teaching and research.
You have easy access to London's research libraries and other research events, plus proximity to French, German and other European universities and libraries.
This course is available on both a full-time basis and a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Applicants should normally hold a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject. Applicants with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.