Visual Cultures
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Department of Visual Cultures

Welcome to the Department of Visual Cultures

In Visual Cultures we explore and produce new forms of art history and theory in a culturally diverse and intellectually challenging environment.

Our distinctive focus is on modern and contemporary artistic, visual and spatial practices. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we look at these practices in an international context and consider the ways in which they engage with urgent social, cultural and political issues.

Our approach to learning, teaching and research is exploratory and innovative, yet rigorous. Our degrees deliberately move away from chronological histories: the innovative art of our time arises out of the conflict of ideas, and we study it from an approach grounded in argument and debate.

We equip you to become enquiring, informed participants in our field of study. From an early stage you start defining your own, independent lines of enquiry by taking a wide range of historical, theoretical, creative and collaborative approaches to research, writing and presentation. We also encourage you to get involved in public-facing, participatory projects designed to exchange ideas with wider, non-academic audiences. 


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Sifa, MA in Contemporary Art Theory

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Visual Cultures As book series

The Visual Cultures department launched the new book series Visual Cultures as… at The Showroom in London earlier this year. New titles in the series will appear in 2015. Follow this link for more information.

Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects
Visual Cultures as Recollection
Visual Cultures as Seriousness


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