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Aesthetics and Art Theory MA

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Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Aesthetics Art Theory Art History & Criticism

Course type


Course Summary

This MA is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field: unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context. It will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the arts, education and public policy – it is particularly highly regarded in the art world. It also provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences. This course combines grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory and the philosophy of art history. You will engage with some of the most influential texts in modern and contemporary art theory - from Kant and Schiller via Greenberg and Adorno to Rancière and Deleuze - framed in terms of fundamental conceptual problems inherited from the German Idealists. You will benefit from high levels of staff-student contact, including individual tutorials, from versatile and internationally recognized teaching staff with a range of interests, projects and publications. You will be part of a large, supportive community, studying with committed and engaged peers. The course is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, which organizes conferences, workshops and regular research seminars.


This module provides an introduction to the tradition of philosophical aesthetics through a detailed study of its founding text, Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgement.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject.

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