Taught course

Art: Theory and Philosophy

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · School of Art

Entry requirements

We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by: Having an Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification Having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Embracing current debates shaping art criticism, art history and theory, aesthetics and philosophy, MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy investigates the relationships between these disciplines. Of particular importance is the relationship of both modern and contemporary art to Continental philosophy, the Marxist intellectual tradition, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. In examining what modern and postmodern philosophers have said about art, the course asks how their ideas relate historically and conceptually.

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy aims to lead UK scholarship in the field through its academic activities (conferences, symposia and publications), serving as a platform for students to develop their interest and research towards MPhil and PhD study and facilitating research by its staff. A strong discursive component locates you in the professional world of research and debate, and this is supported by lectures from visiting scholars and philosophers. In pursuing the relationship between art, theory and philosophy the course aims to advance both art practice as a form of thinking and thinking as a form of practice, with the aim of producing qualified researchers, practitioners and writers who will contribute to art, visual studies and philosophy in a contemporary context.

The first year offers teaching in research skills while engaging you in the specialist subject of your pathway. At the same time you'll prepare for a personally directed programme of study - your research project. In the second year you'll pursue and realise your project. Your progress is supported through tutorials and critical discussions, and monitored through written assignments and presentations. Your realised project is the principal assessed work leading to the MRes qualification.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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