Kingston University London

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

Modules include: Kant and the aesthetic tradition; philosophy dissertation. Optional modules: art theory (modernism, avant'garde, contemporary); critique, practice, power; german critical theory; hegel and his legacy; nietzsche and heidegger; plasticity and form; psyche, subject, sex; recent french philosophy; recent italian philosophy; romantic philosophy of art.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £5,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £13,300 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £3,135 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,315 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.