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Art and Design History MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Design History Art History

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides an interdisciplinary study of the history of both art and design. You will acquire transferable skills in research, writing and creative practice. The course is unique for its art school context, and makes full use of the workshops and learning resources available to all students during their studies at Kingston School of Art. The Art and Design History MA culminate in the student's choice of Major Project, either a dissertation or practice-based research submission and commentary (e.g. moving image, printmaking, photography, 3D). The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research skills by writing a dissertation or submitting a creative project. There will be a series of dedicated taught modules that include approaches to themes and ideas in art and design history. You will acquire advanced essay writing and research skills to tailor your own path of study according to your particular interests and aspirations. You can also take part in activities and study trips organized by the Department of Critical and Historical Studies. Assessment is by a unique combination of essay, presentation, dissertation and optional project-led research, enabling you to develop your understanding and application of art and design history in ways that are relevant to your research and career aims.

Different course options

Full time | Knights Park | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module comprises a series of lectures and seminars to engage critically with the methodologies and research methods relevant to the disciplines of art and design and their histories. It examines how both fields of intellectual enquiry might relate to each other through in the context of social, cultural and economic processes and their interrelation. The module is delivered by researchers and practitioners to show how research, academic context and outcomes develop and interrelate between and within disciplinary contexts and examine how research challenges, critiques and extends the boundaries or works at the interface between disciplines. The module includes interrogation of the canon, and art and design research methods; study of the technological, sociological, and economic discourses of art and design history; and methods, processes, and documents of evidence and history in the context of creative practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good BA (Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in: art history; or design history; or a humanities subject, such as English literature, film and media studies or sociology; or a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art with some art history.

University information

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