The course engages with some of the most influential texts in modern and contemporary art theory – from Kant and Schiller via Greenberg and Adorno to Rancière and Deleuze – framed in terms of fundamental conceptual problems inherited from the German Idealists.
It provides a clear overview of philosophical approaches to modern art, distinguishing between 'aesthetic', 'Romantic' and 'Modernist' problematics. Modules include the study of works by prominent contemporary authors such as Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Jean-François Lyotard, Rosalind Krauss, Benjamin Buchloh and many others.
It is one of the largest and most successful MA courses of its kind in the UK.
You benefit from the input of versatile and internationally-recognised teaching staff, with a wide range of interests, projects and publications.
It is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), together with two other MA programmes and a large group of research students.
You can choose from a wide range of module options, balanced by a shared central core of texts, concepts and problems.
It offers a pathway to related doctoral research at the CRMEP or other institutions.
You will be based at a University which combines both an inclusive approach to education and ambitious investment in advanced-level humanities teaching and research.
You have easy access to London's research libraries and other research events, plus proximity to French, German and other European universities and libraries.
This course is available on both a full-time basis and a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.