Art & Philosophy BA (Hons)

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: WV15
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Art & Philosophy at Dundee

  • The ONLY undergraduate course in Scotland that combines studies in Fine Art and Philosophy
  • The course directly tackles issues relevant to contemporary art practice today, helping you to become articulate both visually and textually.
  • Studio space and workshop facilities are excellent, allowing you to produce ambitious work across the diverse range of Fine Art disciplines.
  • The DJCAD Degree Show attracts around 15,000 visitors each year.
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This is the only undergraduate course in Scotland that combines Fine Art with Philosophy, two subject areas in which we excel. The course provides a strong foundation to enable you to develop a successful career across the spectrum of creative industries. Our graduates have gone on to exhibit in major international arts venues, curate groundbreaking exhibitions, and undertake significant academic research at some of the top universities in the world. This course widens the choice of future pathways for artists and theorists.

You are free to explore a wide range of mediums as your practice evolves. These may include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Installation
  • Performance
  • Sound

Delivered by artists of international standing, this course embraces all areas of contemporary art practice. You will be supported to help develop your creative skills as you gain a conceptual and contextual understanding of visual culture. We offer opportunities to exhibit your work as you progress, culminating in our Degree Show in the final year.

Our workshops are equipped to support your practice however you choose to develop it:

  • Woodworking, from picture framing to complex sculptural constructions
  • Printmaking, including etching, screenprint, lithography, and photographic processes
  • Sculpture, including clay, plaster, metal, ceramics and bronze casting.
  • Media labs for digital editing
  • Green Screen studio for film and photography
  • Sound Studio
  • Darkrooms for analogue photography
  • Digital Makers suite for 3-D and laser-cutting

Philosophy modules introduce you to advanced philosophical approaches towards contemporary issues within art, ethics, film, literature, technology and the sciences. You will choose modules that develop your personal areas of interest and these will inform the theme of your Dissertation at Level 4, where you will be supported to undertake self-directed research.

Students come from diverse backgrounds and multicultural perspectives, further enhancing the vitality of the course. The relatively small cohort fosters a deep sense of community and identity that is maintained beyond graduation. Students often work collaboratively, and some enter global networks that explore new advances in art practices and philosophy that will come to influence the cultural landscape of the future.

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Contemporary Art Practice Programme

Art & Philosophy is part of the contemporary art practice programme along with Fine Art. This programme has an established reputation as the only interdisciplinary arts curriculum in Scotland.

The bringing together of distinct pathways under the contemporary art practice programme offers a broad educational experience. It also enables access to a wide range of staff expertise. 


Learn more about Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design website.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design
GCE A-Level Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
BTEC Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
Other Qualifications Foundation course in Art & Design
Notes All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

The programme is centred upon a productive dialogue between art practice and theory within, across and beyond individual academic disciplines.

Art & Philosophy has established an enviable reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary arts curriculum. By combining distinct pathways that link Contemporary Art Practice with Humanities, we offer a broad educational experience. You will have access to a wide range of staff expertise, allowing you to gain knowledge and extensive skills that will expand your future career opportunities.

How you will be taught

  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Master classes
  • Study trips
  • Visiting Artist’s talks
  • Guest Speakers in Philosophy

The AP Forum is a discursive programme of seminars open to the entire community of students in Art & Philosophy, in which we draw links between theory and practice to explore a diverse range of content that reflects the scope of contemporary art production and critical thinking.

How you will be assessed

  • Modules in Fine Art are assessed through the production of a substantial body of resolved and supporting work that demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between research, creative development and informed making.
  • Modules in Philosophy are assessed through coursework essays, tutorial performance, exams and dissertations.

What you will study

Level 1 (Art & Design General Foundation)

  • Foundation Studies 1
  • Foundation Studies 2
  • Foundation Studies 3
  • Foundation Studies 4
  • Introduction to Aesthetics (core)

Students can enter the course after successfully completing our Art and Design General Foundation course or an equivalent elsewhere.

You will enrich and expand your personal visual language, and begin to learn about key thinkers and themes from the history of philosophy.

Level 2

  • Contemporary Practice 1 (core)
  • Contemporary Practice 2 (core)
  • Thinking about Life: Existentialism, Life World and Dasein (core)
  • Aesthetics in Question (core)

Level 2 develops your creative skills that empower you to work progressively towards a self-directed practice, and you will be introduced to a range of contemporary artists as your personal vision evolves.

You will explore a variety of existential philosophies and how the issues raised can be seen in contemporary forms of society and culture. You will explore philosophical questions concerning beauty and aesthetics, and how these ideals have come to influence the various contexts in which art operates.

Level 3

  • Independent & Creative Professional Practice 1 (core)
  • Independent & Creative Professional Practice 2 (core)

One module in each semester selected from:

  • Self-directed study (subject to availability)
  • Art and Philosophy Now
  • The Philosophies of the Self
  • Phenomenology: Lifeworld Philosophy
  • Marriage, Seduction and Sex in Film-Philosophy
  • Fundamental Text in the European tradition: Phenomenology
  • Fundamental Text in the European tradition: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • Sovereignty, Biopolitics and Autoimmunity: A Critique of Political Life


In your visual practice you will develop a personal programme of research with multi-discipinary options. You will enhance your professional knowledge and skills.

Philosophy modules explore issues that are central to contemporary social and cultural interactions, and these may influence the conceptual development of your studio practice.

Level 4

  • Honours Creative Practice (core)
  • Dissertation (core)

The studio module provides you with a period of sustained visual enquiry that will culminate in the exhibition of your work for Degree Show examination.

You have the option to write a dissertation that either closely reflects on your creative practice or considers a philosophical argument.

This course provides an expanded range of career opportunities because it combines visual and textual thinking from the outset. These include:

  • Artist
  • Arts administration
  • Curating and cultural policy making
  • Publishing
  • Writing and journalism
  • Criticism
  • Research
  • Teaching

Jonathan Richards, Graduate

"The Art & Philosophy course is unique and encourages strong interdisciplinary relationships between departments and offers students varied and stimulating modules that helped shape our overall learning experience. The tutors and technicians were continuously approachable, helpful and supportive. It benefits from being smaller in size to many of the other courses, therefore as a peer group is very supportive and motivating.”

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

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Students applying for Art & Philosophy must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Art and Philosophy.

All candidates for Art and Philosophy must:

  • Satisfy academic qualifications
  • Produce evidence of creative ability

Academic qualifications will be assessed via submission of UCAS form and a half hour interview.

  • ‘Creative Ability’ is assessed  on the basis of the submitted formal portfolio (please see below guidance notes on portfolio submission)
  • On the interview day, candidates should report to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Reception, Perth Road. Campus map link:

Application Process

You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.

We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.

If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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