Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice

10 Aug 2015 – 14 Aug 2015

Event times

10:00 to 14:00 Daily

Chelsea College of Arts

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 2, C10, 36, 77A, 88, 185, 436
  • Tube: Pimlico, Vauxhall

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This course is designed to provide art graduates, practising artists and curators with an encompassing introduction to key theoretical discourses that underpin the production and interpretation of art.


It provides a platform for students to develop and articulate their own ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. It may suit those wishing to apply for a postgraduate degree in art or to pursue a career in the arts sector.

Over the last two decades, the study of art history in art education has been complemented and often superseded by the study of critical theory, while art theorists and critics bring political, social and cultural theories to bear on the interpretation of art.

This course bridges this transition and maps the field, enabling students to locate their own research interests. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will look at the impact on contemporary art practice of feminism, post-colonialism, philosophy, psychoanalysis and political theory and examine art practice from different theoretical perspectives and critical debates in the field. You will be supported in identifying thematics and practices that are relevant to your studio practice and assisted in the contextualising your work. 


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