University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course allows students to address a specialist area of fine art research and to explore the relationships between their chosen specialism and the broader fine art community in the context of the fine art programme. Synergies in the fine art programme create a dynamic context for exploring practices and issues within contemporary culture. The course prepares students to work particularly in the academic and research contexts of professional environments, to undertake PhD study, or pursue independent research. The course benefits from links with relevant professional and academic organisations in London and internationally and from the varied expertise of its research staff. The three pathways provide a focus for study while also enabling students to explore shared ground and questions of disciplinary territories and boundaries. The course offers a close reading of relevant texts as well as detailed discussion to promote understanding and knowledge of major debates and approaches within continental philosophy and aesthetics, the Marxist intellectual tradition, and psychoanalytic theory concerning art. Key issues include philosophy's relevance for the theorisation of art, politics, philosophy and art, philosophical approaches to contemporary art, and philosophy and art in a globalised context.

Course Modules

Modules include: Critical perspectives; thinking as practice (research methodologies 1); critical practices (research methodologies 2); independent research project.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Research - MRes £4,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification; having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree; prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.