Taught course

Visual Culture

Durham University · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent or GPA average of 3.2 from a recognised national or international university in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of visual arts and culture, but previous interest or experience of visual culture would be an advantage.

Months of entry


Course content

To study visual arts and culture is a way of paying attention to phenomena that are everywhere. The concept of ‘visual culture’ acknowledges the pervasive nature of visual phenomena, and signals openness towards both the breadth of objects and images, and the range of theoretical and methodological perspectives needed to understand them adequately.

Drawing upon our research strengths, the MA encourages a broad geographical and chronological scope, while allowing you to engage with a range of visual phenomena, including fine art, film, photography, architecture, and scientific and medical imaging practices. This course facilitates the development of critical visual literacy; attending to the specificity of visual objects, images and events; investigating the nature of perception; and how our relationships with other people, and with things, are bound up in the act of looking.

Core modules:

• Visual Culture.

Examples of optional modules:

• Critical Curatorship

• Visual Modernities

• Transnational Cinema

• Digital Imaging

• Cultural Heritage, Communities and Identities

• Current Issues in Aesthetics and Theory of Art

• Ethics of Cultural Heritage

• Monumental Architecture of the Roman Empire in the Antonine and Severan Periods

• Art in Ecological Perspective

• Texts and Cultures: Visual and Verbal Cultures

• Energy, Society and Energy Practices.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000.00 per year
International students
£20,000.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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