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Central Saint Martins

Summer Study Abroad - Art History, Criticism and Communication

This course is for students who are looking to enhance their engagement with and understanding of contemporary visual practice and theory ...more information below.

Taught by: Claire Nichols and others

This course is for students who are looking to enhance their engagement with and understanding of contemporary visual practice and theory. The course assists you in contextualising and developing your ideas about art through an array of visual and critical lenses, from modernist art history to contemporary cultural theory and conceptual practice. A series of informal seminars and tutorials will help focus your research.

The group will engage with a stimulating array of activities to trigger creative links with London’s rich contemporary visual and material culture, from gallery and museum visits to sessions working alongside professional artists, curators, writers and publishers. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary artistic practice, with confidence as well as a key network of cultural resources and connections.

Course level: Open

The course will be taught by Claire Nichols and invited guest lecturers.

Claire Nichols is an artist and a curator. Exhibitions include Barbican Arts Group Trust, arebyte gallery, Florence Trust, David Roberts Art Foundation, Centre Cultural La Mercè, Girona and Despina, Rio de Janeiro. She leads the BA Fine Art Study Abroad course at Central Saint Martins and previously taught on the BA Part-Time Programmes at the London College of Fashion.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • A notepad and pen
  • Oyster card, for visiting galleries around London

Non-native English speaking students need a minimum English score of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) in order to join the course