Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Practices (Research)

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Course summary

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This graduate programme is geared towards advancing the grounds for different forms of practice, from artistic to infrastructural. While practice manifests differently, it always entails research and always contributes to knowledge. The MPhil/PhD programme in Advanced Practices responds to the growing importance of practice driven research within knowledge production, public exhibiting, and cultural organising. This program will provide you with an opportunity for your own work to engage with the widening horizons of new practices. It will also enable you to invent methodologies, reframe urgencies, and reimagine the contexts for work. Building on theoretical grounding, the program offers an opportunity to bring together different sources of knowledge, methodologies, and models of making public. Concepts animating our work on the program:

  • Choreo politics
  • Anthropology as Cultural Critique
  • Cultural Metabolics
  • Curatorial Knowledges
  • The Exhibitionary Matrix
  • The Intrusions of Nature
  • Race and Digital Ecologies
  • Practice Epistemology
  • Spectral Infrastructures.
This is practice-driven and research-based programme which can incorporate projects in progress, collaborations with organisations, and platforms. It can also be an opportunity to rethink the circulation and meaning of how/to whom work is communicated, and to put forms of transdisciplinarity into practice. Seminars are taught six times a year, encouraging those working in the field to be able to maintain their work. Participants are artists, curators, organisers, researchers, and activists. The Goldsmiths programme in Advanced Practices is linked to the European Forum for Advanced Practices (funded by the action). Recent guest lecturers (2019-2020): Adam Bencke, Chief Curator, Museum of Medicine, Copenhagen Christine Shaw, “The Work of Wind”, Chief Curator,Toronto University Museum Manuela Moscoso (Liverpool Biennial “The Stomach and The Port”) CAMP, Arts and Research Collective, Mumbai Coco Fusco, Performance Artist, Filmmaker and writer, Florida. Nora Sternfeld Curator and Educator, Hamburg and Vienna. Elvira Dyangani Ose, The Showroom, London This programme was formerly known as MPhil/PhD Curatorial/Knowledge.

Course details


MPhil/PhD students will participation in 6 annual seminars, oral presentation of research project, participation in department pre-upgrade panel and dissertation (Practice based and written submission). There is a collaborative Practice Laboratory focused on an annual thematic that is investigated collaboratively – this Laboratory is currently taught in weekly online meetings, seminars, and guest lectures.

Assessment method

Visual Cultures assessment are 100% coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work.

Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. We welcome applicants from all disciplines, as well as those with a background in art and curatorial practices who want to engage with the expanded field. Such background can be a relevant degree or cumulative practice. The program enables exchanging knowledges and experiences between multiple fields contributing to the advancing of practices. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in and no element lower than 6.0 to study with us.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Unless otherwise stated the annual fee for part-time students is half the full-time fee quoted.

Sponsorship information

Funding may be available from the ESRC.

Advanced Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS