The MA in Contemporary Art is the longest running specialised Master’s programme of its kind in the world. Established in 1991, it focuses on art in the period from 1968 to the present, with strands on global art history, curatorial studies, photography and critical theory. There is a strong emphasis throughout on developing skills relevant in the art world, and students are introduced to a broad professional network of artists, curators, critics, museum directors, gallerists and auctioneers. The MA has a longstanding, proven track record of academic excellence and high-level graduate employment worldwide.
The MA in Contemporary Art programme welcomes prospective students who have an interest in gaining a strong understanding of historical developments, critical debates and institutional networks in the world of contemporary art. Students graduate from this intensive year-long programme with the in-depth knowledge and professional preparation to work in any area of the expanding contemporary art world. Our graduates are subsequently employed in private galleries, auction houses, museums and foundations, private and public collecting, art publishing, art investing and consulting, visual archives, charities and not-for-profits, art services and e-commerce, and academia.
All of the MA programmes are enhanced by a core curriculum, Navigating the Art World, which introduces students to the global art world and provides them with a comprehensive knowledge of art business principles and professional skills as well as critical understanding to mobilise at the completion of their degrees.
English language proficiency exam. All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree in an English speaking curriculum, must submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam and must achieve an appropriate score.