This interdisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working play significant roles in our society. On the course, we interrogate visual perception and representation in high and popular culture, explore how these produce meanings, and how such meanings shape societies and individuals.
The course introduces you to a wide range of historical and contemporary debates that inform the theories and practices of visual culture and supports you in developing a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
You will choose four modules from the optional modules listed below.
Visual Culture: Theoretical and Critical Perspectives
Visual Culture: Production, Display and Discourse
Capitalism And Culture
Engaging the Archive
Representing World Cultures
Work Placement in Cultural Institutions
Art Museums and Contemporary Culture
You should have a good Honours degree (usually 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, including any discipline in arts and humanities, fine art and performing arts, as well as some social science subjects. Relevant work experience might also be taken into consideration, especially in the case of applicants who don’t meet the standard entry criteria.
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and at least 5.5 in the remaining components. Applicants may also be asked to provide an example of previously 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.
The MA in Art and Visual Culture prepares students for careers in the art and cultural sector as well as academia. The combination of seminars, workshops and field trips that the course offers equips students with sophisticated critical thinking skills as well as practical knowledge of how the cultural sector operates. As a result, many of our students have gone on to pursue successful careers as curators, artists, cultural consultants, events and communications managers, media arts project managers, editors and public relations specialists.
Many others have gone on to MPhil/PhD study in fields such as art history and visual culture, cultural studies and media. As part of the course, students have an opportunity to take a work experience module, which involves placements in art and cultural institutions in London and a chance to build a career profile. We work with the university careers office to help students prepare for entering the job market.
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