The course covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of historical collections to creative curating of cutting edge contemporary art, craft and design. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds; we challenge you to develop your interests, while understanding what you share with others across our discipline.
Engagement and understanding audiences are central to curatorial practice. You’ll develop experience in ways of sharing and presenting ideas throughout the course.
You’ll study either in two modules per trimester (one year full-time) or one per trimester (two years part-time).
Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered.
Overseas applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and statement included in the application form.
To help applicants – especially those from overseas – to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Leader prior to application.
We normally accept individuals with a good first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject. However, you can apply without such a qualification if your personal and professional experience shows a high level of commitment and understanding in a relevant field.
Taught by curators, working with a rich group of diverse partner organisations in the sector.
Combines contemporary practice with theory in a flexible approach.
Highlights the roles of audiences, collections and new contexts.
Introduces generic research methodologies and the ways subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques can be a vehicle for personal study. This is shared with other Masters programmes in the School of Art and Design, and so gives an opportunity to share ideas with artists, designers and curators from across disciplines.
The Role of the Curator
Considers the changing role of the curator, the ´politics´ of curating and real-world issues through first hand contact with working curators in our region and beyond. It addresses developments in critical theory and their impact on curatorial practices such as representing communities, ethnicities, gender issues, ´interventions´, gallery learning, the ´post-museum´ and curating in the public realm.
Collections and Collecting
Considers the nature of collecting and the influence of collecting on curatorial practice. We assess the way collections act as a ´ground´ for new work by artists, makers and in specialist creative project work, as well as traditional interpretation. You can study private collectors, the transition of ´private´ to ´public´, and the process of defining objects as ´collectible´. It covers material culture, collecting the digital, oral history and its methods, research in archiving and management of historical and contemporary collections.
The module allows you to present or study a live project to a real audience. You’ll study current discourse around engagement, participation and learning, and link this to exploring how curatorial practices reach audiences.
The Master´s Project can be either text or practice based. It accommodates a variety of approaches for assessment, that can include the traditional written dissertation, the study of historical or archival case studies, curating an exhibition or project in a venue, or forms of digital production, the construction of a museum or gallery specific web site. Many long studies come from the student’s own practice, and can be used to broaden or reflect upon work-place or voluntary experience.
Recent graduates have found work in:
Curatorial work in museums and galleries;
Self-employed freelance curatorial work and consultancy;
Publishing and media work;
Education, gallery and museum learning and teaching;
General project management outside the visual arts and museums;
Critical writing; and
Academic study and teaching.
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