Research course

Art Practice and Learning

Goldsmiths, University of London · Educational Studies

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate of least a second class classification and have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in Education or a closely related area of the Social Sciences.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

What kind of learning emerges from art practice, and how does such learning further impact upon art practice? This reflexive question lies at the heart of the MPhil & PhD in Art Practice & Learning.

The programme aims to promote research into dialogical relations between pedagogical and art practices; a central purpose is to expand understanding of what both can become.

The programme anticipates that through an exploration and interrogation of the dialogical relations between art practices and pedagogies, sites of practice and sites of learning you will engage with areas such as philosophical, political and aesthetic dimensions of learning and practice.

The outcomes of the research will consist of a practice component and a written thesis of 50,000 words which articulate a coherent and integrated research study in which both components are viewed equally as contributing to the research. The written component must be able to demonstrate a clearly articulated research project and a rigorous theoretical engagement with the research focus, drawing upon, analysing and applying relevant literature.

The practice component must demonstrate an exploration and articulation of the research focus that draws upon domains of practice including visual or other practices to inform the research. The practice component could, for example, take the form of an exhibition, a film/video (approximately one hour in length), an installation, a web-based production, a performance, a participatory work, a sonic work or performance.

A key feature of the MPhil/PhD in Art Practice & Learning is that you will form a research community that meets regularly each term to discuss/share/debate research and ideas, and to discuss readings and art practice. This research community involves artists, academics, teachers etc.

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home - full-time: TBC
International students
International - full-time: £17690

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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