Art & Philosophy

Taught by artists of international standing, this is the only undergraduate course in Scotland that combines Fine Art with Philosophy

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Art & Philosophy

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Art & Philosophy brings together Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Philosophy at the School of Humanities.

You will be taught by artists of international standing and by respected practising philosophers. The Philosophy section of the course will introduce you to advanced philosophical approaches towards contemporary issues in politics, ethics, art, film, literature and the sciences.

You will have the freedom to explore and develop your own interests, at your own pace, building strong foundations for a successful career in the creative industries.

You are free to explore a wide range of mediums using our high quality studio spaces to support your practice. These include:

sculpture – including clay, plaster, metal, ceramics, and bronze casting
woodworking – from picture framing to complex sculptural constructions
printmaking – including etching, screenprint, lithography, and photographic processes
photography – darkrooms for analogue photography and media labs for digital editing
film – green screen studio for film and photography
sound – sound studios
Digital Makers suite for 3D and laser-cutting
We offer opportunities to exhibit your work as you progress, culminating in our Degree Show in the final year.

Philosophy modules introduce you to advanced philosophical approaches towards contemporary issues within art, ethics, film, literature, technology, and the sciences.

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  • This course will be taught by the Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Why Study this Degree

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.

Careers can include: artist arts administration curating and cultural policy making publishing writing and journalism criticism research teaching

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.