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Art & Space MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 3–5 days per week September 2017
Full time 2 years including professional placement 3–5 days per week plus placement year September 2017
Part time 2 years 1–3 days a week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Art & Space MA

If you have a fine art, architecture or design background and would like to develop your professional practice within the contemporary fine art realm, this dynamic, production-based course is ideal. It enables you to identify and locate spaces in which to make and ‘test' your work, through site-specific work, performance and sound installation, internet activity, print-based publication, and so on.

Key features

  • You can explore the relationship between art, architecture, design and space by working alongside professional fine artists, curators and writers.
  • Project modules allow you to focus on an area of particular interest and gain valuable practical skills. These culminate with a major public exhibition/event and accompanying publication.
  • You also have the chance to undertake site visits to supplement your learning, display work in the University's galleries and collaborate with external parties.

What will you study?

You will develop and apply critical frameworks, debate a range of theoretical, cultural and social issues, and consider a variety of approaches to communicating and publishing your own research. You will focus on individual and collaborative practices, new technology, exhibition production and design, and a theoretical and critical programme to challenge and contextualise individual research. In addition, you will become familiar with the processes necessary to initiate and realise projects, developing and presenting proposals and collaborative working structures.


Seminar presentations/individual and collaborative exhibition production and documentation.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the placement year, you will pay the placement fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the work placement module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • This module is a core requirement for all postgraduate students in the School of Fine Art. It enables you to develop your individual fine art practice, through a combination of group seminars, critiques and informal presentations. You will gain (through experience) a mature, discursive approach that develops a critical and theoretical framework to contextualise your practice. This module guides you through the key principles, perspectives and practices that inform the contemporary art arena. The module culminates in the presentation of a body of work with an emphasis on production and process and your ability to position your work within the wider contemporary art field.

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  • This module provides a forum for debate between students and staff, researchers, visiting theorists and practitioners. You will have the opportunity to:

    • develop and apply critical frameworks to your practice;
    • debate a range of theoretical, cultural and social issues; and
    • consider a variety of approaches to communicating, presenting and publishing your own work and research.

    You develop your ideas through:

    • seminar discussions;
    • tutorials;
    • individual and group reviews;
    • a programme of lectures and seminar events led by visiting artists and practitioners;
    • off-site visits to galleries, site-specific artworks, media venues and other cultural spaces; and
    • study tours abroad.

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  • This module explores the impact of new communications systems on how we perceive, negotiate, create and experience spaces. The module begins with group seminars on the following areas:

    • documentation and representation of artworks;
    • technological developments; and
    • cultural influences.

    You will have to:

    • visit websites and research/liaise with outside bodies from the beginning of the module;
    • attend workshops - introducing you to programmes and equipment;
    • work in teams to present and design individual and group concepts for the course website.

    The module will equip you with the expertise necessary to develop innovative use of new technology in other areas of your practice.

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  • This module develops your individual fine art practice through collaborative process, exhibition, publication and/or performance. You complete substantial creative work through collaboration within a defined group and learn how to articulate complex relationships between concept, technology, form and audience. You are also encouraged to consider your project in relation to conventional / experimental work in similar areas. You will develop skills that will enable you to situate your work within an international and historical framework.

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  • For this module, you must complete a major project for public exhibition. The module will:

    • equip you with the ability to fund-raise, seek sponsorship and prepare exhibition and project proposals;
    • familiarise you with the relevant skills for effective project management and production, audience development, marketing and for publication and dissemination of work;
    • develop your individual research into a finished work for publication, either as a print-based book/catalogue or as a media work for publication on DVD/CD/the course website.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of terms dates for this course can be found here

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