Art & Material Histories

“One-to-one tutorials are very regular and high quality, with interesting lectures and visiting artists to chat about their work, our projects and areas of discussion. My work has been pulled in many new and exciting ways in the short few months we’ve been here so far.” Madeleine Hills

Our MA Art & Material Histories is a research-based postgraduate qualification that examines the use and meaning of materials in historic, contemporary and emerging art. It can be taken over one year, full time or part time over two years. Through lectures, seminars, technical and explorative workshops, site visits, tutorials and symposia, you will engage with leading experts in order to develop your own area of specialism and material understanding.  Artist and Researcher, Laura White; Co-Founder of the Institute of Making UCL, Martin Conreen; and Associate Editor Art Monthly, Chris McCormack, are a few of the visiting lecturers you’ll work with.


Students divide their time between the Art School’s extensive Library, workshops and specialist facilities, as well as site visits and external workshop settings.  Follow this link to take a look around our specialist workshops and shared spaces.

Your research will incorporate theoretical insight with practical, hands-on enquiry and you will be encouraged to use this as the basis to explore the aesthetic, socio-political, philosophical and individual contexts in which various materials exist with the aim of developing a critical understanding of materially-focused artworks and art practices.

Drawing from a wide range of perspectives, the resources of London’s world-renowned galleries and museums, the MA Art & Material Histories will equip you with a specialist knowledge of materiality and its relationship to the field of art and research practice.

“I’m thankful for the different avenues each lecturer, artist and professional on our program has opened, the richness of the material they share but also the whole interdisciplinary vibe of the Art School.” Marie Amoore Pinon

In this Zoom interview, carried out at the height of the Lockdown in the UK, visiting lecturer, Laura White, reflects on some of the many aspects of her teaching on the course.

Read more about the MA Art & Material Histories course content here.

This course prepares you for a career in the arts sector with a broad range of future career paths open to you. You may choose to develop your career as a curator, gallerist, practising artist, writer or academic, or to move to one area of practice to another.

MA Art & Material Histories is validated by Ravensbourne University London.



To find out more about the course and ask any questions you have, we recommend booking onto an online open day.

Register for MA Art & Material Histories online open day

You are also invited to join one of our weekly student virtual chats, where you can ask current students about the course and student life at the Art School. Register for a student virtual chat here.

Download a pdf of our prospectus here.

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