MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins

The MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy course at Central Saint Martins encourages students to explore how philosophical innovations influence contemporary art and culture.


School: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL)
Course: MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy
Location: London, United Kingdom
Course dates: starts September 2023, with a duration of two years (extended full-time)
Application deadline: 5 April 2023

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy is for artists and writers who want to study philosophy and art from a contemporary perspective.

You will investigate how radical innovations in philosophy today can facilitate not just an understanding of art, but also how they can shape developments in contemporary culture and art practice.

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy has a uniquely informed dynamic of teaching and group dialogue. This is assisted by the staff team's research practice, which is engaged in the areas of both art and philosophy.

The theories that the curriculum draws upon are at the forefront of thinking today. These include continental philosophy, the Marxist intellectual tradition and phenomenology.

You will also study relevant theories for the plurality of art today within its socio-political context. These include theories of aesthetics, psychoanalysis, gender, race, linguistics, performance, affect, neuroscience, cybernetics, the algorithmic condition and the Anthropocene.

MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy responds to the radical transformation that thinking has undergone in recent years. As a consequence of this, approaches to writing theory have also changed by adopting more fluid, less didactic models of practice.

The purpose of this pathway is to enhance your thinking, writing and, if relevant, art practice in light of ongoing transformations in philosophy, theory and knowledge.

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