Art as Idea: The Philosophy of Conceptual Art, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2021/2022

  • Spring 2022, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 17 January 2022

    End date: 20 February 2022

    Application deadline: 15 October 2021

    Application code: UU-00516 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: 22 December 2021 – 16 January 2022

Entry requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree in the humanities


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

Conceptual art raises several interesting philosophical questions, including "How should we experience conceptual art?", "What is the ontological status of conceptual artworks?", and "Is it possible to define conceptual art in the same terms as other art?". The main aim of the course is to yield insight into the role of ideas in conceptual art and to examine both if the philosophical claim that ideas have a role in art is viable its own right and, if so, whether this role is unique to conceptual art. Is all art, to some extent at least, conceptual? What exactly do we mean by "idea" in relation to art in general and conceptual art in particular?

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Department of Philosophy

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H

Box 627, 751 26 UPPSALA

Course Administrator Ulrika Valdeson


Telephone: +46 18 471 72 99