Art, Design and Architecture Theory: Journals

An introduction to library resources and learning skills support for students studying histories and theories of art, design or architecture.

What is a journal?

This is the forum where researchers and scholars first report their findings and ideas. Theories and ideas circulating in contemporary visual culture will be discussed in journal articles. Journals are ongoing publications also referred to as serials, periodicals, magazines or newspapers.

Some journals are peer-reviewed or 'refereed', this means articles published in these journals have been critically evaluated by specialists or experts within academic and / or industry fields.

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Open access (free on the web)

Featured online journals

October: at the forefront of art criticism and theory, October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts and their various contexts of interpretation: film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature 

 October cover


Grey Room: brings together scholarly and theoretical articles from the fields of architecture, art, media, and politics to forge a cross-disciplinary discourse uniquely relevant to contemporary concerns


Journal of visual culture: international, refereed journal which is a site for astute, informative and dynamic thought on the visual. It promotes research, scholarship and critical engagement with visual cultures.