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Kingston University MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory
Kingston University

MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory

Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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GBP 8,770 / per year **


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** home full-time: £8,770 | international full-time: £15,800


Why choose this course?

This course combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with a study of contemporary art theory and the philosophy of art history. It offers an overview of philosophical approaches to modern art, distinguishing between ‘aesthetic', ‘Romantic' and ‘Modernist' problematics, and considers current debates on situated and ‘planetary' aesthetics. Modules engage with figures like Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Rosalind Krauss and Benjamin Buchloh. You will study at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, which hosts conferences, workshops and regular seminars.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is taught by leading specialists in the internationally renowned Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP).
  • Unlike most courses on art theory, it grounds its problems and concepts in their appropriate philosophical context.
  • The course will prepare you for careers in the arts, education and public policy, and for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences.

The Art School Experience

As part of Kingston School of Art, students on this course benefit from joining a creative community where collaborative working and critical practice are encouraged.

Our workshops and studios are open to all disciplines, enabling students and staff to work together, share ideas and explore multi-disciplinary making.



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