Our degrees attract a diverse, creative and international cohort of students.

Located in vibrant New Cross, a short train ride from central London, the department prides itself on its commitment to pushing, transforming and recalibrating the limits of art, theory and practice. 

We not only provide high quality academic degrees, but also help foster and cultivate much of the artistic talents of our students. We’re proud of the many collaborations and initiatives that have been helped and guided by  the department. To find out more, take a look at the Life section

Graduates of the department go on to take up a variety of roles within contemporary Art and culture across the globe, with recent graduates taking up roles as varied as: director of independent performance festivals, curators, collections manager, art dealer’s assistant, researcher, lecturer, formal learning officer, museum assistant, public relations officer, rights and marketing executive.

The programmes we offer are:

Undergraduate programmes

BA (Hons) Curating

Do you want to advance your knowledge of contemporary curating and pursue a professional career in the field of curatorial practice?

BA (Hons) Fine Art & History of Art

This distinctive degree supports your individual concerns and development and enables you to navigate your way through theory and practice, various fine art media, and thematic strands within the study of art history and visual cultures.

BA (Hons) History of Art

This degree encourages you to develop an independent critical involvement with works of art and visual culture, to examine changing historical conceptions of art and the artist, and to explore the visual arts in their wider cultural and political contexts.

Postgraduate programmes

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.

MA Contemporary Art Theory

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

MA Research Architecture

The MA Research Architecture is for graduates from a range of disciplines who want to examine how architecture can engage with questions of contemporary culture, politics, media, ecology and justice and question whether spatial practice can become a form of research.

MPhil/PhD Curatorial/Knowledge

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

MPhil/PhD 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.

MPhil/PhD Visual Culture

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

MRes 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.

MRes Visual Cultures

The MRes 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.

International students

We welcome applications from EU and international students who wish to undertake study and research in all aspects of modern and contemporary art history/visual cultures.

Find out more about applying as an international student

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