Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices students combine the study of philosophical issues with practical work in the studio. You will be part of both our Fine Art and Philosophy programmes.
Art, Philosophy & Contemporary Practices at Dundee
We enable students to investigate philosophical issues while gaining practical studio experience as an artist.
Why study Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices at Dundee?
Our interdisciplinary course unites excellence in research and teaching within a mainstream university environment. Our academic staff have national and international reputations as practising artists, theorists and philosophers. They contribute significantly to the shaping of contemporary culture and debate.
We have a large number of high-quality studios and workshops. These support a wide mix of disciplines. This includes printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting, digital film, sound, performance, and multimedia installation. Facilities include digital imaging suites, computing workstations and a world-class art library.
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. The programme reflects current cultural practices integrating practical and theoretical studies beyond disciplinary boundaries. It will particularly suit those with a strong interest in philosophical ideas which they can use as a foundation for developing visual practice.
Did You Know?
- Our staff enjoy national and international reputations as artists, theorists, philosophers and writers
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- combine making with reflection
- express imaginative visual ideas
- use critical thinking and analytical abilities in your creative work
Who should study Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices?
- a maker and a thinker
- visually imaginative
You want to:
- learn how to express philosophical ideas through art
- improve your artistic ability
- develop your critical thinking and analytical ability
Art & Media Programme
Art, philosophy & contemporary practices is one of three courses that comprise the art & media programme. The full list is art, philosophy & contemporary practices; fine art and time based art & digital film. This programme has an established reputation as the only interdisciplinary arts curriculum in Scotland.
The bringing together of three distinct pathways under the art and media programme offers a broad educational experience. It also enables access to a wide range of staff expertise.
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- Art Design General
- Digital Interaction Design
- Fine Art (Digital Media, Drawing & Painting, Print
- Graphic Design
- Interior Environmental Design
- Jewellery and Metal Design
- Product Design
- Textile Design
- Time Based Art & Digital Film
The programme is centred upon a productive dialogue between art practice and theory within, across and beyond individual academic disciplines.
APCP is one of three courses that comprise the Art & Media programme (Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices; Fine Art; Time Based Art & Digital Film). This course has established an enviable reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary arts curriculum. The bringing together of three distinct pathways under the Art and Media programme offers a broad educational experience and access to a wide range of staff expertise while also allowing you to gain deep knowledge and extensive skills in your chosen subject pathway of Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices.
The programme is delivered through active learning in the studio and the sharing of ideas through discussion. The main components of teaching at Levels 1 and 2 are studio projects along with workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
At Levels 3 and 4 you will increasingly engage in self-directed research supported by technical and idea based workshops, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials.
Students can enter Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course or on successful completion of a recognised foundation course or equivalent.
In the Art and Design (General Foundation) course you will learn the core values which will enrich and expand your personal visual language as well as a module in Philosophy that will introduce you to key thinkers and themes from the history of philosophy, and build critical reading and thinking skills.
- Foundations of Contemporary Practice 1 (Towards a Vocabulary of Practice)
- Contemporary Practice 2 (Towards a Personal Voice)
- Existential Themes in Technology, Culture & Film
- Independent Creative and Professional Practice 1
- Independent Creative and Professional Practice 2
plus two of the following:
- Love and Desire in Plato
- Film and Art
- Art and Philosophy Now
- Questions of Vision in Art
- Understanding Media
- Wittgenstein and Marx's Capital
- Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution
- Honours Creative Practice
- Oral presentation
- Degree show exhibition
Level 4 takes a similar shape to Level 3. The studio practice module provides you with a period of sustained visual enquiry and practice which will culminate in the presentation/exhibition of your work for Degree Show examination at the end of the year. Depending on your individual strengths and interests you have the option to write a dissertation that either closely reflects on your creative practice or engages in a philosophical argument.
At all levels assessment will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and will typically include a combination of presentation of your studio work, essay and oral presentation. The final examination for Honours students takes the form of a major presentation/exhibition and a dissertation.
Our graduates are highly sought after professionals well equipped for a great number of professions. As articulate practitioners or theorists trained in creative practice they are resourceful and flexible. Possible careers include:
- Arts administration
- Curation and cultural policy making
- Writing and journalism
- Teaching profession
The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.
Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.
Courses starting September 2015
Advanced Entry (to Level 2)
|SQA Advanced Higher||BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects|
|IB Diploma||34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)|
|Essential Subjects||Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).|
|EU & International|
|SQA||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with BB at AH|
|EDEXCEL||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject|
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting September 2015 or January 2016|
|Scottish students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
Suitable applicants may be called for interview. For interview, a comprehensive portfolio of visual artwork and an appropriate example of written work must be submitted.
This truly interdisciplinary course requires abilities to think both creatively and analytically: you should feel equally comfortable making art in the studio, engaging with pencil, paint, ink, cameras or sculpture - as well as reading and writing. Both are required in this course which links the practice of making with the expression of critical understanding. Artists and philosophers teach this unique course, aided by academics in film studies, literature, art history and theory. A wide range of cross-disciplinary practices are reflected in the course content. Writing is an integral part of this course, as is the making of art. Students in Level 3 have the opportunity for foreign exchange if desired. An honours degree exhibition, a dissertation and an oral presentation of ideas and work are the culmination of four years of study.
Applicants should have the relevant qualifications listed in the 'Entry Requirements' section including English and Art/Design. A sound grasp of English is essential for textual analysis. Qualified applicants may be invited for interview on campus and will be asked to bring a portfolio and sample of essay writing.
It is not the everyday student who is suited to this course: we look for that unusual individual who combines many interests and abilities. Reading, watching films, attending theatre, listening to music, engaging in performance, travelling, climbing and writing poetry might be the interests, for example, of the sort of person who also enjoys making art and discussing ideas through intellectual debate. What we look for is a natural curiosity about the world, evidence of reflection and contemplation, active participation in making and doing, and a willingness to encounter new ideas. Applicants might come from many backgrounds. We do not expect lengthy experience with either art or philosophy, but rather look for someone with creative visual skills (in a sketchbook, drawings, photographs, etc) balanced with an ability to write clearly (evident in an essay). The interview process is the chance for us to assess a potential student who will work hard and will equally be your chance to learn more about a challenging and multi-faceted course.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices BA||WV15|