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Masters in Art & Art History

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Art is the most profound expression of the human creativity. The artist chooses his/her own rules and working parameters and thus art is the result of the choice of a particular medium, set of rules for using this medium and set of values that determine what is worth expressing through that medium in order to transmit a feeling, idea or sensation. Through this manifestation, art can also be considered as a form of exploration and knowledge gathering.

Art can be divided into several forms like: plastic art – painting, sculpting, architecture, graphic, etc, dramatic art – theatre, dance, choreography, cinematography, musical art – vocal music, instrumental music, literature – epic, dramatic, lyric and many other forms.

Art History is an auxiliary branch of History science that researches the evolution of art throughout history. From this perspective, art can be classified by position in time in: prehistoric art, ancient art, medieval art and modern art. The study opportunities for a potential student of this field are enormous and so are the specialization possibilities, as each of the above mentioned sections comprises countless sub-sections.

An arts degree opens up a broad range of opportunities and it is up to the student to decide what narrower area he/she would like to focus on. The Bureau of Labour Statistics is forecasting employment growth in this sector, especially in teaching positions.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in Conservation of Wall Painting

    The MA in Conservation of Wall Paintings programme accepts new students once every three years. The next intake will be for the 2016/7 academic year. A number of scholarships are available, please refer to AkzoNobel Scholarships for Brazilian and Chinese students, or this page for more information on Funding and Scholarships for Postgraduate Study at The Courtauld.

  • Master in Curating the Art Museum

    Studying for the MA Curating the Art Museum is an excellent entry point for a career in museums and galleries. The course puts the physical object at the heart of curatorial training whilst placing specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the modern museum. The course offers a unique balance of seminars, hands-on experience and internship placements, focusing on the expanding remit of the art curator in the twenty-first century.

  • Master in Buddhist Art

    This unique one-year MA is offered by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld. It combines teaching in the key tenets of Buddhism, the history of Buddhist art, and the making and conservation of Buddhist art. Taught by a wide range of specialists, it includes a field trip to conservation and management projects in Asia.

  • Master in Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory

    The Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. Unlike most courses on contemporary critical theory (based in literary or cultural studies departments), this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context.

  • Master in Modern European Philosophy

    The Modern European Philosophy MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. The MA is based on a focused study of the fundamental texts of the modern European philosophical tradition. It provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research in philosophy or related fields in the humanities and social sciences. It also prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy.

  • Master in Contemporary European Philosophy

    This new joint programme offers students a unique international and inter-linguistic orientation in current philosophical work. The course is taught by leading figures in the field of contemporary European philosophy, based at two of its most significant and productive institutions. Full-time students spend the autumn semester at Kingston's Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, and the spring semester at the University of Paris 8 (Saint-Denis).

  • Master in Aesthetics and Art Theory

    The Aesthetics and Art Theory MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. Unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context.

  • Master in Innovation Through Business, Engineering and Design - Specialisation Design

    This two-year master programme is based on companies need of employees with ability to initiate, lead and promote the creation of innovations. The program is taught in English.

  • Master in Performance (Music)

    Performance (Music) : Classical Instrumental Performance; Classical Voice; Conducting; Choir Conducting

  • Master in Music (Research, Composition or Performance)

    Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with researchers in popular, world and classical musics, composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff.

  • Master in Popular Music (Research, Production or Performance)

    We are situated on the Medway campus of the University of Kent and our facilities include purpose-built recording studios, post-production rooms, rehearsal and performance spaces, workstations and seminar rooms. We have a professionally designed 5.1 recording and compositional space and a spatial audio studio. In addition, we have a multi-loudspeaker sound diffusion system for the performance of sonic art and live electronics.

  • Master in Contemporary Art; Sales,Display & Collecting

    This 10-month program targets students with a Bachelor’s degree who are seeking management positions in the contemporary art market sector. Taught in English, this course specializes in the development of the European contemporary art market and other markets from the Second World War until today. The practices of this specific market will be analyzed within these historical, social, and economical frameworks.



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