Kingston University: Aesthetics and Art Theory (MA)

InstitutionKingston University
Department Humanities
Telephone 02033089932
Study type Taught


This programme combines a grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory and the philosophy of art history. Canonical authors studied include Adorno, Derrida, de Duve, Duchamp, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant and Merleau-Ponty. 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 also gain a clear overview of philosophical approaches to modern art, distinguishing between ‘aesthetic', ‘Romantic' and ‘Modernist' problematics. You may also choose from a range of option modules from the Modern European Philosophy and Philosophy & Contemporary Critical Theory MA courses.

2 course options

Qualification MA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject. Applicants with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.


Assessment is through coursework, including short exercises; essays; and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Modules include: Kant and the aesthetic tradition; philosophy dissertation. Optional modules: art theory (modernism, avant-garde, contemporary); critique, practice, power; german critical theory; hegel and his legacy; nietzsche and heidegger; plasticity and form; psyche, subject, sex; recent french philosophy; recent italian philosophy; romantic philosophy of art.

Location Penrhyn Road Campus
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames


EU 5700 GBP for Year 1
England 5700 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 5700 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 5700 GBP for Year 1
Wales 5700 GBP for Year 1
International 13300 GBP for Year 1

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