University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy 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.

**About Central Saint Martins**

Central Saint Martins is a world'leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the ambitions of its students and staff and the outstanding achievements of its graduates. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

From fine artists and fashion designers to architects and material innovators, disciplines live side'by'side at the College, encouraging curiosity, innovation and conversation that challenges the status quo. Combining academic rigour with creative experimentation, the College inspires students to question accepted norms and test the boundaries of their discipline. Their resulting journeys may be challenging but are never dull. Our alumni include artists and designers who have challenged and shaped the world around us. These include Turner Prize and Oscar winners, as well as Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

This forward'looking and restless approach places Central Saint Martins at the heart of London’s creative scene. With over 500 events taking place at the King’s Cross campus annually, the flow of inspiring people, exhibitions and practices provide a unique student experience. Our staff are leading practitioners in their own right, ensuring courses are enriched by strong industry relationships – both locally and globally. The combination of exceptional facilities, people and connections to those working in industry today makes Central Saint Martins a major force in the art and design world.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Foundation and Access to Higher Education; Fine Art; Culture and Enterprise; Drama and Performance; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery and Textiles; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; Spatial Practices.

Course Modules

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

Start Date:

09/2018

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.