The MA Curating offers in-depth knowledge and a critical perspective - and also the confidence, contacts, experience and professional preparation necessary to work within the area of curating as a dynamic field and to build up your own portfolio as an independent curator.
To take into account
*A good honours degree in a related subject or equivalent qualifications *Before interview you will be required to submit: - 300-500 word idea for an exhibition, event or other curated form - 300-500 word review of an exhibition, event or other curated form *EU/International students must show proof of equivalent qualification and IELTS 7.0 in English *Prior learning, alternative qualifications and experience are considered Applicants are called for interview if their work shows: *Originality in relation to their peers *A high degree of engagement with the subject *Potential for development
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MA Curating approaches curating as a method that cuts across different practices and spaces - physical, printed, virtual - and is not applied exclusively to the production of gallery or museum exhibitions.
Its' areas of specialist focus draw on specific areas of expertise represented by staff, research centres, public programmes and key external partners. They include the curating of:
- Events and public programmes.
- Distributed forms - web-spaces, print media.
- Archives - including those of artists, exhibitions, institutions.
- Material culture - design, fashion, textiles.
- Situated and socially engaged practices.
Expert workshops, seminars and guest lectures introduce and explore changing definitions of curating in relation to a dynamic landscape of institutions, social policies, and technologies, and address the response and responsibility of curating in relation to both locally-situated and transnational contexts.
During the MA Curating course, your practice, contextual knowledge and skills in critical analysis will develop through three main phases; these are set within a credit framework of three assessed units - culminating in a final project.
Phase 1: Analysis of Practice and Exploration of Methodologies
By the end of this phase you will have explored different curatorial forms and devised a suitable means to record contextual research and critical analysis.
Phase 2: Development and Consolidation
During this phase you will a) address the practical tasks involved in bringing a proposed curatorial project to fruition, and b) define the critical context of your own approach.
Phase 3: Resolution
By the end of this phase you will develop a final project - delivered in the form of a curated programme, screening, discussion or lecture; a web-space, artists book or other distributed form; a temporary gallery or off-site exhibition, or a proposal submitted for development with an external organisation.
Career opportunities: As a graduate from MA Curating you will be well placed to work within the current art institutional sector - particularly those institutions for whom an interdisciplinary ethos is central, and those who are as interested in developing critical and engaged public programming, in generating, keeping and retrieving and reflecting upon their own institutional archives. MA Curating will provide critical, historical and contextual studies that will encourage and prepare some students to pursue a PhD, focused on exhibition history and curatorial practice.
Contact person: Amanda Beech