The Aesthetics and Art Theory MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. Unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context.
The MA prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in the arts, education and public policy. It also provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences.
What will you study?
This programme combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory.
Students take four taught modules, and prepare a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Following a compulsory module on Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition, you choose from a range of options, including Romantic Philosophy of Art, Modernism and Contemporary Art Theory, and Commodification and Subjectivation. Authors studied include Adorno, Deleuze, Derrida, de Duve, Duchamp, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant and Merleau-Ponty.
This course is taught by internationally-recognised specialists at the dynamic Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP – formerly based at Middlesex University, prior to its transfer to Kingston in Summer 2010).
Since its inception in 1994, the CRMEP has developed a national and international reputation for teaching and research in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. Building on its grade 5 rating in RAE 2001, work published by members of the CRMEP was awarded a score of 2.8 on the new RAE scale in 2008, with 65% of its research activity judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.