Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You need a 2:1 Honours degree, in a relevant field, such as Art, Design, Music, Museum Studies, Philosophy or Humanities subjects. When applying, you'll also need to submit a personal statement detailing why you wish to study this programme.
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Module details

A range of optional modules is available from the Philosophy department, and the School of the Arts, including:

Compulsory modules

Aesthetic Theory and Practice (PHIL755)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module introduces central themes in aesthetic theory, artistic and institutional practice, as considered by current staff actively researching them. This research-led module serves both to introduce students with no previous detailed knowledge of the areas studied to such issues, and to show how active researchers approach them while actively engaging students themselves in research methodology and practices. The module thus functions both as a research-preparation module and a module for consolidating knowledge in these areas of philosophy. Students have the opportunity to consider aspects of the theoretical/historical background of the study of contemporary aesthetics and concentrate on the exploration of key concepts in modern and postmodern aesthetics and cultural practice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain an appreciation of recent developments in ethics, philosophy of religion and practical philosophy.

(LO2) Students will improve their understanding of philosophical research in the areas of ethics, religion and practical philosophy.

(LO3) Students will improve their ability to research a philosophical topic.

(S1) Research skills.

(S2) Comprehension of abstract ideas and arguments.

(S3) Application of abstract ideas and arguments to ethical, religious and other practical issues.

(S4) Exposition of philosophical theories and arguments.

(S5) Construction and analysis of philosophical theories and arguments.

Cultural Institutions (PHIL759)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To facilitate student participation in discussions on contemporary art with artists, curators, and other museum professionals. To enable students to consider art from the perspective of the institutions in which modern and contemporary art is shown across a range of museological perspectives. To equip students with the conceptual framework to consider the theoretical implications of the practical uses of museum and curatorial space. To introduce students to the theoretical implications of specific exhibition case-studies, both current and forthcoming. To develop student consideration of the role of cultural institutions in wider cultural and social patterns. In these ways to secure the integration of the theoretical and practical aspects of the MA in Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions programme and help prepare students for future research and or a career within a cultural institution.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to explain the theoretical, procedural and practical issues behind exhibitions of art within cultural institutions.

(LO2) Students will be able to explain the wider functions of the cultural institution.

(LO3) Students will be able to explain the place of cultural institutions in broader cultural and social structures.

(S1) Students will enhance their abilities in comprehending theory and its relation to concrete practical and institutional situations.

(S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically about and analysing problems arising from the practice of cultural institutions.

(S3) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

(S4) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

(S5) Students will enhance their ability to marshal ideas and arguments and present them orally.

Research Skills, Employability and Placement (PHIL758)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To give students practical experience of work in a cultural institution. To improve student knowledge and understanding of how cultural institutions function To enable students to contextualise this experience, knowledge and understanding through sustained reflection.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have acquired practical experience of the work conducted in a cultural institution.

(LO2) Students will have acquired practical experience of the research conducted in a cultural institution.

(LO3) Students will have a firmer idea of issues surrounding employment in cultural institutions.

(LO4) Students will have a firmer idea of issues surrounding research in cultural institutions.

(LO5) Students will be able to reflect critically on the work and research conducted in cultural institutions.

(S1) Ability to participate in the working life of a cultural institution.

(S2) Ability to identify issues involved in the research work of cultural institutions.

(S3) Ability to negotiate issues surrounding employment in cultural institutions.

(S4) Improving own learning and performance. Reflective practice.

(S5) Ability to reflect critically on the role of cultural institutions.

M.a. Dissertation (PHIL706)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim is for the student to choose a topic of special interest in philosophy and conduct research into this area of interest via reading and private study under the supervison of the supervisor to whom they have been allocated.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To produce a systematic piece of written work, organised in chapters/sections in the manner of professional and published work in philosophy, so as to show that the research referred to in the Aims has been mastered in a way appropriate to someone with a grasp of the practice of professional philosophy.

(S1) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S2) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems

(S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S6) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S7) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

Optional modules

Philosophy of Film (PHIL757)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To consider the variety of ways of thinking philosophically about film. To encourage students to think about film in ways they might not have previously considered. To help students understand the issues and arguments that arise when considering film as an art form. To familiarise students with filmmakers and their methods, and to encourage them to think critically about them. To help students reflect on the differences between film and other art forms, and on the philosophical implications of these differences.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to assess issues that arise in philosophers’ approaches to film.

(LO2) Students will be able to analyse some of the problems associated with the philosophy of film.

(LO3) Students will be able to explain philosophical difficulties involved in considering the relation of film to other art forms.

(LO4) Students will be able to assess philosophical issues raised by the methods of different filmmakers.

(LO5) Students will be able to evaluate arguments for and against film as art.

(LO6) Students will be able to reflect critically on various topics, such as adaptation, and the implications they might have for film as an art form.

(LO7) Students will be able to engage with philosophers and critics who hold controversial views on the importance of film.

(LO8) Students will be able to engage critically with the films presented on the module.

(S1) Students will further develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

(S2) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

(S3) Students will develop further confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

(S4) Students will enhance their ability to analyse works of film art.

(S5) Students will develop their confidence in group discussion of philosophical topics.

(S6) Students will improve their writing skills, presenting difficult topics in an engaging and lucid manner.

Aesthetics (PHIL716)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Students will explore in detail arguments of some of the most important philosophers on art, aesthetics and cultural theory, including Kant, Hegel, Danto and Tolstoy. Students will critically engage with key concepts and theories in aesthetics, including the aesthetic judgement, disinterestedness, the institutional theory of art, the nature of representation and expression and feminism and post-modern critiques. Students will be encouraged to develop connections between works of art and artistic practices of the past and present.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in aesthetics.

(LO2) Students will be able to analyse and critically assess key concepts and arguments relating to aesthetics and art.

(LO3) Students will be able to structure discussion of issues in aesthetics at an advanced level.

(LO4) Students will be able to identify and develop links between influential philosophical theories and artistic practices.

(LO5) Students will be able to articulate, defend and criticise positions in aesthetics and philosophy of art.

(LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

(LO7) Students will be able to develop in writing, coherent, structures and sophisticated accounts on abstract philosophical issues.

(S1) Develop skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the WWW and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

(S2) Enhance the capacity to participate in debates about controversial and profound issues.

(S3) Develop willingness to critically evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values.

(S4) Enhance the ability in reading and understanding complex texts and abstract material.

(S5) Develop skills in thinking critically, analyse problems in detail and providing in depth evaluation of arguments.

(S6) Enhance ability to identify, develop and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

(S7) Develop confidence in considering ideas and approaches with which they may be less familiar.

(S8) Enhance ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

(S9) Advance ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include citations and bibliographies in their work, organise and produce presentations of work to professional standard.

(S10) Enhance oral and written communication skills and develop skills in explaining complex material in a precise manner.


180 credits to be taken in total