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Aesthetics and Art Theory

Kingston University

12 months
14900 GBP/year
7070 GBP/year
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The Aesthetics and Art Theory course at Kingston University combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory and the philosophy of art history.


Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Unlike most courses on art theory, this Aesthetics and Art Theory course at Kingston University grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context, notably in the work of Kant and of Kant's Romantic critics, and of Benjamin, Adorno and more recent thinkers.
  • The course will prepare you for careers in the arts, education and public policy, and for doctoral research in art, art theory, and art history, as well for interdisciplinary research across the humanities and social sciences.
  • You'll be based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, which organises conferences, workshops and regular research seminars.

What you will study

You'll study canonical authors including Adorno, Aristotle, Benjamin, Deleuze, Derrida, de Duve, Duchamp, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant, Krauss, Rancière, and Schlegel, and gain a clear overview of the main philosophical approaches to modern and contemporary art.

The course will distinguish between ‘aesthetic', ‘Romantic' ‘Modernist' and ‘Contemporary' (global) problematics, and will offer a distinctive grounding in ongoing debates over the reception of contemporary art.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition
  • Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary
  • Contemporary European Philosophies
  • Critique, Practice, Power
  • German Critical Theory
  • Hegel and his Legacy

Key information


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

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


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should normally hold a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject.
  • Applicants with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7070 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7070 GBP per year during 12 months.
Home and European Union
  • MA part time:  £3,889
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time: £8,195

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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