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Aesthetics and Art Theory

Kingston University

12 months
15400 GBP/year
8560 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.


The Aesthetics and Art Theory course at Kingston University, 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.

You'll engage with some of the most influential texts in modern and contemporary art theory from Kant, Schiller and Schlegel to Greenberg, Adorno, Rancière and Deleuze – framed in terms of fundamental conceptual problems inherited from the German Idealists.

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.


Our graduates often progress to research degrees in European philosophy and critical theory, or to careers in media/journalism, publishing, the arts, education, and public policy.

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


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must normally have a 2:1 or above honours 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

    15400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8560 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK students tuition fees:

  • MSc part time: £4,708

International students tuition fees: 

  • MSc part time: £8,470

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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