University of Edinburgh

MA Contemporary Art Theory


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

If you are an inspiring arts professional or a professional artist who would like to develop a research-based practice by extending your practical, theoretical, organisational and economic engagement with contemporary art, this programme is for you.

Based in our masters studio, you will develop a distinctive and ambitious research practice by learning from and working as part of a community of artists. Taught in collaboration with local arts organisations, you will take part in an innovative blend of projects, seminars and workshops.

Through research seminars, you will collaborate with peers on a range of projects including co-curation of an international exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery in your second semester. The programme concludes with a major research project, exhibition or body or art writing. Field trips to European cities are organised regularly, and short residences and projects with local and international partners are an integral part of the programme.

By the time your graduate, you will have the creative, organisational and economic knowledge required for a career in the contemporary art world that traverses the role of artist, academic, art writer and curator. The programme also provides ideal preparation for PhD research and will qualify you to teach studio art and theory in higher education.


Accredited by the University of Edinburgh

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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