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Course Type: Master Level: 1
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Tuition: £5,000.00 Duration y/mm: 0/12
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Start Date: 15/09/2016 End Date:


This multidisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working now play significant roles in society.
The course introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary debates that inform the theories and practice of visual culture, and enables you to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture.

You will acquire creative and professional research skills, such as the ability to work from exhibitions, art works and institutional archives, to be able to operate within different artistic and conceptual frameworks.


This Masters balances historical and theoretical debates in the field of visual culture studies with a rigorous interrogation of cultural practices across a range of topics, including: activism and popular politics; contemporary visual arts, capitalism and culture; globalisation and new media technologies; institutions and their archives; and the material culture of the city.
The course also draws upon the cultural institutions and intellectual resources of central London, and has established contacts with other galleries and organisations for work placements.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Reserch Methods: knowledge, cultural, memory, archives and research.
  • Theoretical and Critical Perspectives
  • Visual Culture: production display and discourse

Option modules, choose four from:

  • Capitalism and Culture
  • Creative Digital Technology
  • Interpreting Space
  • Representing World Cultures
  • Urban Cultures
  • Work Placement in Cultural Institution


You should have a good first degree in a relevant area, such as history of art, cultural studies, fine art or design, English, history, media and communications, architecture and business studies.

You may be invited for interview, or to submit previous written work.
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing (or Equivalent), and will be asked to provide exampled of previous written work. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

Career Prospects

Because the MA provides students with sophisticated critical skills and a widely applicable knowledge base that can be adapted to numerous settings, graduates go on to establish a broad range of careers in museums, galleries, and cultural organisations as curators, programmers, cultural consultants, events and communications managers, and media arts project managers.
They have also gone on the begin PhDs in the UK, mainland Europe, and internationally.


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