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Critical & Historical Studies

Head of programme

Joe Kerr
Joe Kerr

The Royal College of Art provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice and to engage critically with students from their own and other disciplines. As part of the ‘university experience’ of being at the College, all first-year MA students in the studio-based Schools follow a weekly schedule delivered by the Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) programme.


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  • Nina Trivedi

    Nina Trivedi

    I grew up in New York and did my BFA at Parsons School of Design there, and then moved to London in 2007 to do the MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths. After that, I worked as a curator for a few years, on various projects in London and New York. I knew I wanted to continue onto a PhD, but I wanted to give myself the time to formulate a legitimate research project.

  • Kevin Biderman

    Kevin Biderman

    I’ve been working as a photographer and film-maker as well as teaching as a further education lecturer for about 14 years. A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to get funding to do a Master’s at UCL in Digital Anthropology. Initially, I did it to strengthen the methodologies that inform my practice, but it introduced me to new ways of researching digital technologies. Since then, I’ve been interested in how the dialogue between research and practice can bring new insights into our relationship with everyday digital objects.

  • Dionea Rocha Watt

    Dionea Rocha-Watt

    I enjoyed the dissertation process in my Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery MA at the Royal College of Art so much that the Critical & Historical Studies tutors encouraged me to apply to do research by thesis. I went straight from the MA to the MPhil and transferred to a PhD in May.




  • Critical & Historical Studies
    Stevens Building
    2-6 Jay Mews
    London SE7 4EP

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