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The MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory (AAT) is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and it is now one of the largest and most successful programmes of its kind in the country. Unlike most courses on art theory, the MA in AAT grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context. It is taught by internationally recognized specialists at the UK's most dynamic and inventive centre for research in modern European philosophy, the CRMEP (formerly based at Middlesex University, prior to its transfer to Kingston over the summer of 2010). Since its inception in 1994, the CRMEP has developed a national and international reputation for teaching and research in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. Building on their grade 5 rating in RAE 2001, work published by members of the CRMEP was awarded a score of 2.8 on the new RAE scale in 2008, with 65% of its research activity judged ?world-leading? or ?internationally excellent?. The MA prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in the arts, education and public policy, and it provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research in a wide range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, at the CRMEP or other institutions. This programme combines grounding in philosophical aesthetics in the modern European tradition with study of contemporary art theory. Following a compulsory module on Kant and The Aesthetic Tradition, students choose from a range of options, including Romantic Philosophy of Art, Modernism and Contemporary Art Theory, and Commodification and Subjectivation. Authors studied include Adorno, Deleuze, Derrida, de Duve, Duchamp, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant and Merleau-Ponty. Students take four taught modules, and prepare a dissertation on a topic of their choice. CORE: - Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition. This module provides an introduction to the tradition of philosophical aesthetics through a detailed study of its founding text, Kant's 1790 Critique of the Power of Judgement. After an introductory week on Hume's 'The Standard of Taste', a detailed study of Part 1 of Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgement (main topics: judgement, subjective universality, taste, the beautiful, the sublime, genius) will be followed by a discussion of its reception by Nietzsche and Heidegger on the one hand, and by 20th-century formalist thinkers on the other. - Dissertation. The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity for intensive and detailed, research-based study (12,000 to 15,000 words) of their chosen topic under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students are required to attend research skills seminars on constructing a proposal, on editing and composition, on referencing and on online and electronic research methods they also make an oral presentation of their dissertation proposal. OPTIONAL - Romantic Philosophy of Art . Romantic philosophy of art is an 'ontological' tradition in the philosophy of art representing the main alternative to the Kantian 'aesthetic' tradition in the European philosophy of art. This module provides an examination of Romantic philosophy of art in the light of the role played by early German Romanticism in recent philosophical and art-theoretical debates, with particular reference to contemporary French philosophy. The study of major texts by Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Novalis, Friedrich and A.W. Schlegel, F.W. Schelling, G.W.F. Hegel will be problematised and confronted with recent writings by the French philosophers Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze (and F?lix Guattari), Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard and Jacques Ranci?re. - Modernism and Contemporary Art Theory. Following an introduction on the origins of modernist criticism in Baudelaire?s concept of modernity, and its reception and extension by Walter Benjamin, the modul
The MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory (AAT) is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and it is now one of the largest and most successful programmes of its kind in the country. Unlike most courses on art theory, the MA in AAT grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context. It is taught by internationally recognized specialists at the UK's most dynamic and inventive centre for research in modern European philosophy, t...