Our MA in Curation Practices is ideal for those who wish to focus on the expansive field of curation by contributing to growing areas of practice within the commercial sector, in addition to curatorial advances within the education, arts and heritage industries. Students will develop a synthesised skill set, in preparation to enter the profession or continue further study.
This practical and professional course provides opportunities to develop a synthesised skill set, underpinned by scholarly research in curatorial discourse. This skill set includes collaborative creativity, communications and learning strategies.
Perfectly situated in a specialist arts community; surrounded by the study and production of creative artefacts, students will be encouraged to take full advantage of what the environment offers. Specialist tutors, visiting lecturers and in-house professional curators together provide a stimulating and relevant curriculum. For example, topics will include the use of new technologies and audience engagement. The course experience is also enriched by a specific and University-wide (national and international) professional partnership network.
We provide workshops for the development of specialist skills including: visualisation, spatial design, object handling and installation. We also provide exhibition areas, in addition to access to a range of ‘off-site’ spaces through our partnership network (based in a range of sectors). However, students are to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development through forging contacts and securing spaces for curatorial projects.
We have well-supported networks of computers. Our library offers students access to over 35,000 books and subscriptions to over 155 national and international magazines, as well as a vast range of multimedia resources. The library also holds a curated collection of artists’ books and the University archive. The University is located in close proximity to unique national collections, thereby providing access to a range of curatorial subject matter, to serve individual research interests.
In addition to the acquisition of a skill set relevant to contemporary curation practices, the outcome of the course will be a developing portfolio of informed curatorial projects.