Degree Show 2020

Art & Philosophy

Work on display: Art & Philosophy

Refinement is key to our students' journey and evident in the diverse bodies of work produced by this year's graduands.

Influenced by their study of philosophy as well as the contemporary art world, our students receive the conceptual grounding to grow their visual practice and tackle real-world issues. Theoretical practice is at the heart of the course and our students are encouraged to push the boundaries, be experimental and partake in ever deeper investigation to pare their art down to its core.

As you will see from the work created, it is in their final year of the course that students truly find their own voice. The resulting outcome is a distillation of self-expression across painting, sculpture, photography, performance, sound, video, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, animation and every other kind of artwork imaginable.

To enhance learning opportunities, and to empower our students to refine their practice, we run a speaker's programme allowing them to engage with renowned artists, philosophers and practitioners. The University is home to the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, and we enjoy close ties with Dundee Contemporary Arts, enabling us to benefit from a visiting network of high profile international figures.

Our course is unique in Scotland and we produce a unique type of graduate. With studio practice underpinned by rigorous studies in aesthetics, our alumni enter the world as artists, theorists, curators, critics and academics instilled with the ability to interrogate the essence of ideas and the creative works they inspire.

Philip Braham
Programme Director


Pete Cunningham’s work explores the fragility of everyday life for women with dementia, based on her professional...

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Kaya Fraser

It all begins at home. Uncovering a practice that has always filled me with great joy, rummaging. Sifting my mums,...

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Danielle Naylor

What can be perceived as the height of enhanced femininity, as the pinnacle of female form is burlesque. The act of...

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Katie McCauley

Being Joyful Is Not Frivolous The greatest defense against the creeping sadness that can infect our everyday...

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Emma Mitchell

I create films, writing and prints exploring water as the interconnecting medium between the human world and the...

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YiXuan R

Throughout human history the sky has been triggering endless curiosities and countless explorations. Even though...

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Iva Sedlackova

Geology, folklore, and climate change are the key topics at play in the narratives surrounding my work. I make...

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Stella Rooney

In her practice, Stella Rooney investigates the connection between historical time and the necessity of waged...

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Andrew Rose

Project Name - Riddles of the Veil
Expectations painted in black and white, sincere lies liaison with...

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Ian Young

Ian works as a mixed media artist with an emphasis on sculpture as a mode of critique and drawing as a language of...

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Course information

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase at University of Dundee