Taught course


University of Essex · School of Philosophy and Art History

Entry requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above, in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Discover the radical, the unorthodox and the innovative. The Avant-Garde is an artistic movement that has had an impact across various forms of art such as literature, theatre and film, which pushes the boundaries of creativity and challenges the status quo.

Explore the concept of the Avant-Garde and the influence that it had during the inter-war period, and how it continues to influence creative arts today. Our specialised course deepens your understanding and enhances your ability to critically evaluate the Avant-Garde in all its multiple manifestations, analysing creative work from the early 20th Century through to the present day. In addition, you explore theoretical and creative approaches to the Avant-Garde, which enables you to develop your own theoretical ideas and practice.

Our unique course offers a focused approach on this particular area of the arts, and gives you the opportunity to study multiple disciplines across literature, film, art history and creative writing. Typical topics to choose from include:

  • The avant-garde influence on literature
  • The impact of the avant-garde in documentary film-making
  • Psychogeography
  • The study of Oulipo
  • Poetry and performance art

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Information for international students

ELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Admissions