Taught course

Art and Visual Culture

University of Westminster · English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first degree in a relevant area. These might include History of Art; Cultural Studies; Fine Art or Design; English; History; Media and Communications; Architecture and Business Studies. You may be invited for interview, or to submit previous written work. All students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide examples of previous written work and must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (overall and in both reading and writing). You may be offered a place on the condition that you complete an English course run by the University.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Visual Culture MA is a thought-provoking encounter with historical, theoretical, and critical debates in art and visual culture. It will engage you in the debates most pressing for contemporary visual arts practice, media, and cultural institutions including: globalisation, capital, geo-politics, the metropolis, the civic sphere, art and activism, practice-led research, the knowledge economy, social media and digital technology, privacy, cultural politics, memory studies, and the archival impulse. This will enable you to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture.

You will acquire creative and professional research skills, such as the ability to work from exhibitions, art works and institutional archives. These will enable you to operate within different artistic and conceptual frameworks.

This course is run in collaboration with the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. It is designed to offer ways of processing and interpreting the visual field with particular emphasis on contemporary art practice and museum and gallery display.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation (12000 words)

Course contact details

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