This graduate programme is geared towards advancing the grounds for different forms of practice, from artistic to infrastructural. While practice manifests differently, it always entails research and always contributes to knowledge.
The MPhil/PhD program in Advanced Practices responds to the growing importance of practice driven research within knowledge production, public exhibiting, and cultural organising.
This program will provide you with an opportunity for your own work to engage with the widening horizons of new practices. It will also enable you to invent methodologies, reframe urgencies, and reimagine the contexts for work.
Building on theoretical grounding, the program offers an opportunity to bring together different sources of knowledge, methodologies, and models of making public.
Concepts animating our work on the program:
- Choreo politics
- Anthropology as Cultural Critique
- Cultural Metabolics
- Curatorial Knowledges
- The Exhibitionary Matrix
- The Intrusions of Nature
- Race and Digital Ecologies
- Practice Epistemology
- Spectral Infrastructures.
This is practice-driven and research-based programme which can incorporate projects in progress, collaborations with organisations, and platforms. It can also be an opportunity to rethink the circulation and meaning of how/to whom work is communicated, and to put forms of transdisciplinarity into practice. Seminars are taught six times a year, encouraging those working in the field to be able to maintain their work. Participants are artists, curators, organisers, researchers, and activists.
Recent guest lecturers (2019-2020):
- Adam Bencke, Chief Curator, Museum of Medicine, Copenhagen
- Christine Shaw, “The Work of Wind”, Chief Curator,Toronto University Museum
- Manuela Moscoso (Liverpool Biennial “The Stomach and The Port”)
- CAMP, Arts and Research Collective, Mumbai
- Coco Fusco, Performance Artist, Filmmaker and writer, Florida.
- Nora Sternfeld Curator and Educator, Hamburg and Vienna.
- Elvira Dyangani Ose, The Showroom, London
Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Irit Rogoff.
What our students say
You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We welcome applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with a background in art and curatorial practices who want to engage with the expanded field. Such background can be a relevant degree or cumulative practice. The program enables exchanging knowledges and experiences between multiple fields contributing to the advancing of practices.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £TBC
- Home - part-time: £TBC
- International - full-time: £15360
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
- AHRC studentships
- ESRC studentships
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you'll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- Contact details of a second referee
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
- Details of your research proposal
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, listed above. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.
Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.
Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.
This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:
- delineation of the research topic
- why it has been chosen
- an initial hypothesis (if applicable)
- a brief list of major secondary sources
When to apply
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
If you're applying for external funding from one of the Research Councils, make sure you submit your application by the deadline they've specified.
Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.
Find out more about applying.
MPhil/PhD students will participation in 6 annual seminars, oral presentation of research project, participation in department pre-upgrade panel and dissertation (Practice based and written submission).
There is a collaborative Practice Laboratory focused on an annual thematic that is investigated collaboratively – this Laboratory is currently taught in weekly online meetings, seminars, and guest lectures.
Visual Cultures assessment are 100% coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work.
Professor Irit Rogoff
Irit Rogoff is one of the initiators of the transdisciplinary field of Visual Culture and founder of the department at Goldsmiths. Her initiatives to establish this new field are led by a belief that we must work beyond bodies of inherited disciplinary knowledge and find motivation for knowledge production in the current conditions we are living out.
Dr Bridget Crone
Dr Bridget Crone is a curator and writer. Focussing on the body in material and speculative terms, her work explores questions of “liveness” and the image in relation to performance theory / practice, and the changing relations of body, technology and ecology.
Dr. Adnan Madani
I'm an artist, writer and curator interested in contemporary subjectivities in relation to philosophies of globalization, religious/secular life and intercultural encounter. My focus is on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, Wittgenstein, Talal Asad and the ethics of esoteric Islam as developed by Massignon. Other areas of specialisation include contemporary South Asian art and popular urban cultures in Pakistan.