Drawing upon research strengths across the departments that contribute to the course, the Visual Arts and Culture course offered by Durham University encourages you to take a broad view of geographical and chronological scope, while allowing you to engage with a wide range of visual phenomena, including fine art, film, photography, architecture, and scientific and medical imaging practices.
The importance of critical visual literacy in the contemporary world cannot be exaggerated. ‘The illiterate of the future’, wrote the Bauhaus artist and theoretician László Moholy-Nagy, ‘will be the person ignorant of the camera as well as of the pen’. This observation was made in the 1920s, when photography was first used in the periodical press and in political propaganda.
The rich visual world of the early twentieth century pales in comparison with the visual saturation that now characterises everyday experience throughout the developed societies and much of the developing world. But the study of visual culture is by no means limited to the twentieth century. Turning our attention to past cultures with a particular eye to the significance of visual objects of all kinds yields new forms of knowledge and understanding.
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- Critical Curatorship
- History, Knowledge and Visual Culture
- Representing Otherness
- Negotiating the Human
- Digital Imaging
- Cultural Heritage, Communities and Identities
- Current Issues in Aesthetics and Theory of Art
- Ethics of Cultural Heritage
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Visual Arts View 371 other Masters in Visual Arts in United Kingdom
- Students will normally be required to have an Honours Degree, usually at 2:1 level or higher or GPA average of 3.2 from a recognised national or international university in an arts, humanities or social science subject. The course assumes no prior knowledge of visual arts and culture, but previous interest or experience of visual culture would be an advantage.
- Two positive academic or equivalent professional references.
- Relevant professional practice in a field of visual arts and culture to be evaluated on an individual basis, may be considered in lieu of formal academic qualifications in some cases.
International20000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 20000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part time fees:
- UK/EU Student: £5,000.00 per year
- International non-EU Student: £11,000.00 per year
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