Art and Design History

Kingston University

12 months
17600 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Art and Design History course at Kingston University 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 Art and Design History course at Kingston University 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).

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.

Where this course will take you

Art and Design History lead to work in the cultural industries, and to further academic study. Students have gone on to find positions in institutions that conserve, promote and research cultural heritage and history.These include museums, galleries and universities in the UK and internationally. 

Other roles are:

  • publishing
  • arts journalism
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • museum education
  • media production

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Interrogating Art and Design: Critical Perspectives and Creative Practices
  • Cultural Heritage: Ethics, Trade and Globalisation
  • Special Topics in Art and Design
  • The Politics of Design: Artefacts, Identity and Protest
  • Major Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, applications will close when the course is full.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in:

  • art history; or
  • design history; or
  • a humanities subject, such as English literature, film and media studies or sociology; or
  • a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art with some art history.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Home and European Union:
  • MA part time £5,225
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time £9,680


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