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MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy

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2 years

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Art Art History & Criticism Art Theory

Course type


Course Summary

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy promotes dialogue between practitioners and theorists about art discourse today.

Suited to artists and writers, this pathway explores art and the philosophy of art from a contemporary perspective, embracing major ideas and debates of the past and present.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

Exchange of ideas: You will benefit from productive exchanges and development of ideas between MA Fine Art practitioners and MRes Art historians, theorists and philosophers.

Professional world of research and debate: You will be introduced to the professional world of research and debate, supported by lectures and seminars from visiting scholars and philosophers.

Comprehensive academic skills: You will gain skills in close textual analysis, comprehension, reconstruction and interpretation of philosophical arguments, while building expertise in critical analysis and reflection.

Post-studies success: Our graduates are well placed to progress to MPhil or PhD research or go on to a professional future in academic institutions, the arts and publishing.


Our Postgraduate Art Programme offers valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills. The exchange of perspectives with others through shared units, reading groups and debates helps establish stimulating and productive networks.

The focus on proposing and developing a major independent programme of study is supported by a shared professional practice lecture series featuring guest speakers plus opportunities to attend symposia and critique work in progress across subject areas. The Postgraduate Art Programme has wide-ranging links with professional organizations, collections and galleries in London and beyond, and includes opportunities for interaction and networking according to your personal career direction.


Unit 4 has two parts. Part one continues the seminar series in Unit 1 concerned with philosophical innovations and their relevance for thinking and writing. Additionally, you will also focus on developing your research project proposal. This involves reading and viewing, the formulation of appropriate research questions and methods. You will also produce a literature review.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: an honours degree; or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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