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Art and Design History MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) September 2019
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2 days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) plus placement year September 2019
Part time 2 years 1 day a week (Tuesday or Wednesday) September 2019

Choose Kingston's Art and Design History MA

This course provides an interdisciplinary study of the history of both art and design. As well as advancing your knowledge of developments that have occurred in these vibrant areas of practice in modernity. You will acquire transferable skills in research, writing and creative practice.

The course is unique for its art school context, and makes full use of the workshops and learning resources available to all students during their studies at Kingston School of Art. The Art and Design History MA culminates in the student's choice of Major Project, either a dissertation or practice-based research submission and commentary (e.g. moving image, printmaking, photography, 3D).

Key features

  • The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research skills by writing a dissertation or submitting a creative project.
  • There are optional workshop inductions that provide you with access to 3D, moving image and printmaking, photography and letterpress resources.
  • A range of submissions including essays, presentations and creative portfolios.

What will you study?

There will be a series of dedicated taught modules that include approaches to themes and ideas in art and design history. You will acquire advanced essay writing and research skills to tailor your own path of study according to your particular interests and aspirations. You can also take part in activities and study trips organised by the Department of Critical and Historical Studies.

Assessment is by a unique combination of essay, presentation, dissertation and optional project-led research, enabling you to develop your understanding and application of art and design history in ways that are relevant to your research and career aims.

Assessment

Seminar presentations, essays, and major project (dissertation 12,000-15,000 words or creative project), including 5,000+ words commentary.

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 work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2017 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,070 in September 2018. Students commencing the course in September 2018 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2019 (provisionally £1,230).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the 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 scheme.

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.

Example core modules

  • This module comprises a series of lectures and seminars to engage critically with the methodologies and research methods relevant to the disciplines of art and design and their histories. It examines how both fields of intellectual enquiry might relate to each other through in the context of social, cultural and economic processes and their interrelation. The module is delivered by researchers and practitioners to show how research, academic context and outcomes develop and interrelate between and within disciplinary contexts and examine how research challenges, critiques and extends the boundaries or works at the interface between disciplines. The module includes interrogation of the canon, and art and design research methods; study of the technological, sociological, and economic discourses of art and design history; and methods, processes, and documents of evidence and history in the context of creative practice.

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  • Cultural Heritage: Ethics, Trade and Globalisation investigates the political, ethical, social and economic questions clustering around cultural heritage objects. Responding to the resurgence of materialist philosophies and object oriented analyses, it examines how objects - primarily artworks and antiquities - function as actors in social ecologies, international relations and global trade.

    Consideration is given to historical conditions such as colonialism and the imperial past, as well as to recent developments in liberal economic thought under the conditions of the global. The module asks: what is cultural heritage, how is it defined and by whom? How do objects acquire cultural, economic and social value and for whom, and what are the roles of nation states, international organisations and frameworks, art markets, museums and collectors in this process? How do heritage objects contribute to cultural contestation, for instance, by way of ownership, display or iconoclasm? What role do they play in the formation of identities and cultural belonging? What role do they play in regional and national revitalisation? How do they contribute to cultural diplomacy?

    The module is delivered in one teaching block from September to December to enable an intensive engagement with the subject and leads to an assessment by presentation and essay.

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  • The Special Topics in Art and Design module is an opportunity for students to develop a critical response to current research concerns and debates within art and design using historical and theoretical concepts and frameworks. The specific topic or topics will thus be defined yearly by current developments within the subject and be tailored to the research interests of staff and students. As such this is a module with a thematic drive that responds to the contemporary, intellectual landscape across art and design. The module encompasses current, critical thinking in relation to a number of disciplines such as Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Fashion and Interior Design for example.

    The module is thus interdisciplinary and introduces students to a variety of research methods and theoretical ideas with which to interrogate the Special Topic(s) from a number of disciplinary perspectives. It cements the relationship between research and the learning experience for students by drawing on the expertise of faculty staff and exposing students to experts who offer them models for multiple ways to research and interrogate art and design.

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  • This module examines the political aspects of design and craft from the perspective of their role in fashioning and being fashioned by specific identities – political, social, religious and gender – in national and international contexts. It presents central themes in field of art and design, and draws on critical debates to examine the historical and contemporary relation between design and craft, mass consumption, nationalism, corporate capitalism and sustainability. It focuses on a set of case studies drawn from global sources to examine the political character of design and craft processes, and their role in constructing, promoting and resisting formations of identity. The content includes the analysis of the design in the context British colonial and post-colonial identity; Eastern European and Asian design; protest and activism; the politics of the handmade; and critical and speculative approaches to design.

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  • The Major Project is the capstone module of the Masters programme. Focusing on skills of critical research, analysis and presentation, the capstone project enables you to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the course. It provides them with the opportunity to craft their own approach to the field through critical-theoretical and/or creative, practice-based research, supported by a series of taught sessions, enabling a depth and breadth of engagement with research methods. The Major Project can accommodate research projects developed through a range of academic and professional contexts depending on the motivation and interests of the student. It can be presented either as a dissertation or as a creative project, such as a portfolio comprising a chosen medium or media, accompanied by a critical commentary. The intensity of the workload increases across the three teaching blocks, allowing increasing focus in line with the level of your expertise.

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Professional placement year

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates professional placement learning, following completion of 120 credits. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific professional skills in their chosen subject. You may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for their subsequent major project module, and would be expected to use it to help inform their decisions about future careers.

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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.

Regulations governing this course are available here

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020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

View Kingston School of Art, Knights Park on our Google Maps
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