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Art Criticism

Art Criticism

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Charmian Griffin


So you want to criticise art? Would you know how to translate your thoughts into a published article in a magazine, newspaper or on the web? In this introductory course you will learn ways of approaching and looking at art, how to put your appreciation into words, and how to market and promote your written work for publication.

Topics covered

  • A group visit to an exhibition in London, plus other recommended visits.
  • Discussing ideas and gaining feedback on your written work.
  • Developing an individual critical approach and writing style.
  • Exploring opportunities for publishing work.
  • Relationships between art, galleries and the press.


  • The course will equip you with the tools to think and write critically about contemporary art.
  • You should develop skills in observation and research, and study aspects of writing itself, from style and form to dissemination.
  • A major outcome of the course will be a 700-word review of an art exhibition, which each student will be asked to write.

Who should take this course?

  • Those wishing to improve their critical skills and looking for ways of finding a personal voice.
  • Graduates who want to enhance their understanding of the art press.
  • Students thinking of pursuing a career in arts journalism.

Level: Suitable for both beginners as well as those with some previous knowledge.

Entry requirements: A good grasp of spoken and written English

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Charmian Griffin is a writer, editor, and digital producer. She completed her MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art where she also produced the course website and edited the college magazine Arc. She now produces digital projects for artists and arts organisations such as Artangel, Tate, and Roald Dahl as well as writing on art and technology.



There is no specific materials list for this course. A list will be sent nearer the time or materials will be discussed on the first day of the course.

Available dates