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The Department of Art has a dynamic, internationally respected research culture committed to making, curating and critically evaluating contemporary art.

Research is carried out by staff and by research students.

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Staff research

Research carried out by staff in the department is both individual and collective, often produced in collaboration with galleries and museums, working in London’s cosmopolitan contemporary art world as well as exhibiting internationally. All teaching in the Department is informed by our professional and academic experience; we are committed to the idea that artistic and curatorial practice constitutes research and has a wide cultural impact within and beyond the university.

Doctoral research programmes

MPhil and PhD research carried out by artists, curators and writers in the Department of Art is mostly practice-based, meaning that students are examined at the end of their research period on their practice (as artists, curators and writers) as well as on social, philosophical and historical questions they seek to determine through theoretical research carried out in academic form.