Taught course

Art and Humanities

University of Dundee · Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Entry requirements

To qualify for admission to the Degree candidates should:

  • normally have obtained a first degree with upper second class Honours or above in an appropriate discipline or, exceptionally, a lower second class Honours or such other qualifications and professional experience as may be approved by the Art and Design Board for this purpose; and
  • have satisfied the Programme Director of their fitness to undertake both the academic and practical requirements of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines studio art and masters level modules in the humanities (such as philosophy, English or film studies). It embraces all forms of fine art practice - traditional and contemporary - and celebrates the inherent diversity in each year's participants.

You will be encouraged to read critically and analytically, and to develop abilities in conducting high level discourse in critical, contextual and theoretical thinking. This combination of skills is extended through lively debate, which strengthen each individual's self-evaluation, reflective practice and cumulative progression.

Throughout the course, you will be supported by a supervisor and dedicated tutorials, which add to the depth and breadth of your knowledge and understanding as personal study evolves.

Aims of the programme

This course aims to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in a personal programme of interdisciplinary study and to provide research skills and methods relevant to both fine art and humanities research-based practices.

It encourages ambitious investigation and enquiry through individual research, planned from the outset to achieve either a creative exhibition or major written dissertation, either of which are informed by a synthesis of critical and conceptual studies in art and humanities.

Who should study this course

This programme will benefit graduates who are enthusiastic artists and thinkers, people who are equally at home in the studio, reading a book or writing a paper. It instills and refines a double track of research methods, both academic and creative, and will help you to refine a personal synthesis of the two.

Students should have interdisciplinary backgrounds at undergraduate level, and have demonstrated work in both creative (e.g. studio) and academic areas. For example, you may have an honours degree in English, Film Studies or Philosophy and have engaged in creative practices such as photography, video, drawing, sculpture, or painting on your own. Other students may have dual honours degrees or have taken our Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices BA.

Information for international students

International students will find this to be an exciting and unique interdisciplinary course. As full-time study for three semesters, it is intense and requires a personal commitment to diligent effort.

Fees and funding

Students may be eligible to apply for Postgraduate SAAS awards (Scottish students only), the Wm Sangster Phillips Award, AHRC Studentship Competition, the Humanities Scholarship, Carnegie awards, and the Discovery Scholarship.

International students may find many other possibilities through the British council for example, or the Overseas Students League.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mary Modeen
+44 (0)1382 384036