Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree encourages you to develop an independent critical involvement with works of art and visual culture, to examine changing historical conceptions of art and the artist, and to explore the visual arts in their wider cultural and political contexts. We approach the subject from a fresh perspective. We challenge traditional assumptions about the history of art, and investigate the discipline from a thematic rather than chronological point of view. You'll investigate modern and contemporary art, art theory and visual culture from around the world. We'll introduce you to visual culture ' not only the kinds of artefacts you might see in museums and art galleries, but those that make up our everyday environment: things like architecture, city and landscapes, adverts, TV and film, websites, the body, and street style. Staff are passionate about the subject and are at the sharp end of theoretical developments in the field, which makes the degree relevant and exciting. Our teaching takes advantage of the many galleries, art spaces, museums, cultural facilities and specialist libraries in London. You'll develop key communication and presentation skills, and the ability to think creatively and critically. We encourage you to get involved in student'led activities and personal development projects. Many of our recent graduates are now working as curators and exhibition managers with employers including Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum and Edinburgh Castle, while others enter creative fields such as journalism and marketing.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to the history of art; modernities. Year 2: Specialist course (practising theory); 3 options. Year 3: Dissertation (on art history or visual culture); 3 options. Option courses: postmodernities; framing art; museums, galleries and exhibitions; patterns of perception; cities of modernity; the moving image. Special subjects: modern philosophy and 20th'century literature and art; animating architecture; postcolonial visual culture; the truth in painting; curatorial knowledge; sites of memory.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 34

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14% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 100%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation