Research course

Art Practice & Learning

Goldsmiths, University of London · Educational Studies

Entry requirements

We expect you to hold a good undergraduate degree and normally a Masters degree in Education or a closely related area of the Social Sciences.

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. These research meetings will be held at Goldsmiths or in galleries or other contexts and will involve invited artists, academics and other contributions.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

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