The Contemporary Art Theory programme at The University of Edinburgh addresses issues raised by the practices of contemporary art, criticism and curating as a means of encouraging you to contribute both critically and practically.
Artists think and act. Being contemporary means engaging with multiple perspectives and different ways of learning. Students of contemporary art theory conduct research in relation to a broad range of creative, cultural and historical contexts in ways that are speculative, writerly, philosophical, organisational, social and economic.
You will apply aesthetics, art theory and criticism, art historiography, anthropology, and critical theory to engage with contemporary art’s variety of media, technologies, images, artefacts, tactics, texts, cultural contexts and professional practices.
This programme will enable you to develop the creative, organisational and socioeconomic knowledge required for a career in the contemporary art world: as an artist, writer, producer, curator or combination thereof. Our focus on the educational turn ensures that you will be fully prepared to teach studio art and theory in European higher education.
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- Coursework is based on a strategy of blended learning, combining open-source educational technology with critique, seminar and workshop-based teaching methods.
- Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of peer-to-peer learning; post-studio practices, group work, field work and experiential learning.
- Research projects are student-led, personalised and supervised by a team of academic staff who aim to support whichever direction is most appropriate to your interests, skills and strengths. Theory students form an integral part of our graduate school, writing, producing and commissioning projects in a family of media and adapting approaches drawn from an increasingly wide array of disciplines.
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesDesign Visual Arts Art History View 586 other Masters in Visual Arts in United Kingdom
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Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
You may be asked to participate in an interview via Skype.
You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your application and portfolio should demonstrate:
- evidence of practical and theoretical knowledge of, and experimentation with, a variety of formal, aesthetic and conceptual approaches to the production and distribution of contemporary art
- evidence of practical or theoretical work that addresses key thematic areas in contemporary art and theoretical discourse
- evidence of collaborative working practices, either in a capacity as an artist or working curatorially
- evidence of independent working practices, as an artist or curator
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International26300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National13400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13400 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home: £6,700
- International/EU - £13,150
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.