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London is one of the world’s most vibrant centers of contemporary art. Full of enterprising galleries and artists’ spaces that have burgeoned across the capital, it has attracted artists of many different nationalities to live and work here.

This intensive course is aimed at students seeking to experience the art scene in London at close quarters and to learn about the wider historic and cultural implications of contemporary art in context, perhaps with a view to working in the field or to pursuing further study of the subject.

Students are introduced to the world of contemporary art in special talks given by artists, curators, academics and art critics. The market for contemporary art and the role of the contemporary art curator and the collector are also addressed, and visits are made to a wide range of commercial, public and studio spaces.

Through a variety of seminars and assignments, the course seeks to develop visual and critical abilities in relation to contemporary art practice, to foster reflectivity and independent research potential, and to assist students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are appropriate to the art world.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Session I: 30th May - 23rd June 2017
    Session II: 27th June- 21st July 2017

    Please note this course runs in session I and then repeats in session II.
  • Faculty
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics

    • Dada and Duchamp

    • Art 1945-60

    • Pop Art

    • Young British Artists

    • Conceptualism

    • Minimalism

    • Feminism and performance

    • Institutional critique

    • Postmodernism

    • The moving image

    • Curating

    • Film and video

    • Art criticism

    • Contemporary painting

    • The contemporary art market

    • Art photography

    • Digital sculpture

    • Participation

    • Globalisation

    • Public art

    Suggested Reading
    Michael Archer, Art Since 1960 (third edition), Thames & Hudson, London, 2015
    Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg (eds), The Global Art World, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2009
    Peter Osbourne, Anywhere or Not At All: The Philosophy of Contemporary Art, Verso, London, 2013
    Ossian Ward, Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art, Lawrence King Publishing, London, 2014
    e-flux journal, What is Contemporary Art?, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2010
  • Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits And Assessment

    Academic Credits
    Four-week summer courses are validated by the University of Manchester. Students completing one full-time Summer Study course are awarded 20 University of Manchester undergraduate credits.

    Students are assessed by a visual analysis test, essay and oral presentation. These are intended not only to assist students in their understanding of the subject matter of the course but also in developing a range of skills useful for work in the art world.
  • Study Visits

    Study Visits

    London is a major global centre for contemporary art. A wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries forms an integral part of the learning experience and enables students to gain a direct understanding of the artistic movements dealt with in the course.

    Sample London venues:

    • Tate Modern

    • Tate Britain

    • Hayward Gallery

    • White Cube Gallery

    • Serpentine Gallery

    • Saatchi Gallery

    • Whitechapel Gallery

    • East End and West End galleries

    • Alternative/artist-run spaces

  • Course Fees And Application

    Course Fees And Application

    £2,850 for one course
    £4,900 for two courses

    Click here to apply.

    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.

    Please note this course runs in session I and then repeats in session II.


  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Samantha Roberts-Aird, Admissions Officer
    Email: or Request Information
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3251

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