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Art and Design History, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      2 years with a placement year

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    15300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union:
  • MA part time £4,180
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time £8,415

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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