Postgraduate Visual Cultures degrees


Degree listing

Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History

This Diploma has been designed as a conversion programme for graduates of other disciplines who wish to carry out research at higher levels in the fields of modern and contemporary art history and visual cultures.

  • Curating & the Arts, Visual, Visual Cultures

MA in Contemporary Art Theory

The MA in Contemporary Art Theory is for those with a special interest in contemporary art, and an aptitude for theoretical work in the subject.

  • Curating & the Arts, Visual, Visual Cultures

MA in Research Architecture

The MA programme is for suitably qualified graduates from a range of disciplines wishing to pursue studio-based spatial research in the context of theoretical work.

  • Visual, Visual Cultures

MPhil & PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge

This programme is aimed at researchers who are already working in the curatorial field and are interested in theorising their practice.

  • Visual Cultures

MPhil & PhD in Research Architecture

This MPhil/PhD programme is aimed at practitioners of architecture and other related spatial practices who would like to develop a sustained multi-year practice-led research project.

  • Visual, Visual Cultures

MPhil & PhD in Visual Culture

We welcome applicants wishing to explore visual culture understood as a meeting ground between creative practices, the philosophical and the political.

  • Visual, Visual Cultures

MRes in Curatorial/Knowledge

The MRes programme in Curatorial/Knowledge takes place within the world’s only dedicated PhD programme for advanced contemporary curatorial research. It provides a profound grounding in a variety of relevant theoretical knowledges and offers a unique meeting ground for a network of internationally active curators.

  • Curating & the Arts, Visual, Visual Cultures

MRes in Visual Cultures

The MRes in Visual Cultures is ideal if you have already completed an advanced course of study in art history and theory but would like to further develop your thought and research projects before studying at MPhil/PhD level.

  • Curating & the Arts, Visual, Visual Cultures

Why study Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths? 

  • We’re one of the few university departments internationally to have developed programmes that consider contemporary art and culture beyond the disciplinary parameters of traditional art history.
  • We look at art in an international context and consider the ways in which it engages with urgent social, cultural and political issues in the world today.
  • We explore visual culture within a framework of critical theory, philosophy and cultural studies. Included are issues of cultural difference, performativity, visual display, aurality, encounters with audiences, and the production of subjectivities.

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