skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
Your safety is our first priority.

Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice

Course description

Join Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice and through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits, familiarise yourself with key concepts and historical transformations underpinning 20th Century art production and reception.

You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will look at the impact on contemporary art practice of feminism, post-colonialism, philosophy, psychoanalysis and political theory and examine art practice from different theoretical perspectives and critical debates in the field. You will be supported in identifying thematics and practices that are relevant to your studio practice and assisted in contextualising your work.

Students will be expected to do some reading and research in their own time.
What kind of knowledge and skills do contemporary artists need? What is the relationship between art and entertainment? How do we recognise art? These are just some of the questions we will address as you explore and examine the historical and critical context in which contemporary art is made, circulated, seen and understood.

Course Outcomes

You'll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art in terms of its production and exhibition. You'll be able to place your studio practice in context.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to provide creatives with an encompassing introduction to key theoretical discourses that underpin the production and interpretation of art.  It provides a platform for students to develop and articulate their own ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. It may suit those wishing to apply for a postgraduate degree in art or to pursue a career in the arts sector

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Materials

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and Pen

  • Money for travel and exhibition entry

  • Computer, laptop or ipad and internet access for homework activities

  • Examples of your work in portable or digital form

  • A USB stick

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Details

Topics covered:

  • What is the critical role of art?
  • The Critical Function of Art
  • Politics and the Institution of Art
  • Gallery Visit
  • Spectacle and the Everyday
  • Writing Workshop
  • The Abject, Identity and Process
  • Participation, Dialogue and the Gift Economy

Reviews

-

The ideas learnt are indispensable and will stick with me for life. I will use it towards a Masters course and during my own personal study. It has inspired me to get back in education with more direction and confidence. Anon, August 2017

-

Highly structured and inspiring course. Excellent tutor. Knowledgeable, informed and responsive to ALL students. Very helpful to be given references; notes on each lecture, and individual feedback. Alison Gill, August 2017
Meet the Tutor:

Join Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice and through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits, familiarise yourself with key concepts and historical transformations underpinning 20th Century art production and reception.

£
Pay by:
Visa
Mastercard
Maestro
Powered by Worldpay
Contact us: