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Master's Degrees

The MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture aims to train and equip specialists and researchers with skills in the historical and critical analysis of the most recent artistic developments, applying them to cultural production and management.    

The different forms of knowledge interwoven with contemporary art and visual culture flow beyond the traditional discipline-based structure of art history and the territory of local debate, demanding close-knit contact with general and multi-disciplinary debate in the international sphere.    

As a result, and despite the availability of similar post-graduate programmes at small universities which seek to resemble this course outline, only the joint action between two pre-eminent departments, the UAM’s (Autonomous University of Madrid) Art History and Theory Department and Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts Department, affiliated with its Department of Philosophy, and UCM’s (Complutense University of Madrid) Department of Art History, can offer the academic structure and lecturers required to create benchmark studies in Spain and internationally.       

Furthermore, the partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía means certain unparalleled infrastructures and direct learning opportunities are incorporated and enhance the programme’s aspiration to become a reference point. This MA will serve as a comprehensive learning module as much as an academic platform for students who decide to develop their research in contemporary art history on a PhD level.

The MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture holds position nr. 1 in the list of best MAs in Humanities, according to the Masters 2022 Ranking produced by El Mundo.


The UCM’s MA Coordinators.

Coordinator: Rocío Robles Tardío

Academic secretary: Alicia Fuentes Vega


* All administrative inquiries (approval of qualifications, pre-registration process, dates and deadlines) is managed through the UCM Master Office HERE