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The Arts

Contemporary Art


Course overview

This course is an introductory level exploration into contemporary art through eight topics that inspire, reflect and engage with the subject. This is a journey into the international art and exhibitions of today that investigates all aspects of the world around us, starting with how we view ourselves through self-portraiture and the wallpaper in our rooms. How do artists engage with pop culture and sport in their work? Looking beyond, into the ocean, we find environmental issues and the effects of climate change, before returning closer to home to survey cats and dogs in contemporary artwork. We discuss work, labour and the art industry, ending on visions of the future in science fiction. Through the work of contemporary artists, this module introduces the variety of materials, media, techniques and technology used, often at the same time, including painting, sound, sculpture, film, digital and performance. This course is led by Mikhail Karikis, Simon McKeown and Sarah Perks from MIMA School of Art & Design.

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Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

You will explore contemporary art through the study of eight topics:

- Self-portraiture
- Wallpaper
- Pop culture
- Sport
- The ocean
- Cats and dogs
- Labour
- Science fiction

How you are assessed


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or higher.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Tuesday 7 July, Tuesdays & Thursdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm