Our MA Curation Practices is ideal for those who wish to focus on the expansive field of curation within the education, arts and heritage industries, in addition to the growing areas of practice within the commercial sector. Perfectly situated in a specialist arts community, you will be surrounded by the study and production of creative artefacts.

This professional course will provide opportunities for you to develop a synthesised skill set, including collaborative creativity, communications and learning strategies, underpinned by scholarly research in curatorial discourse. Specialist tutors, visiting lecturers and in-house professional curators provide a stimulating curriculum that includes topics such as the use of new technologies and audience engagement.

You will have access to our student exhibition areas, and a range of ‘off- site’ spaces through our partnership network.

Our library offers a wide range of study resources as well as 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 your individual interests.

In addition to the acquisition of a skill set relevant to contemporary curation practices, you will graduate with a developing portfolio of informed curatorial projects. You will take responsibility for your own learning and personal development by forging contacts and securing spaces for curatorial projects.


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Course Specification

Entry Requirements

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Applicants for the MA in Curation Practices will normally be graduates with a 2:1 or above in art, design, media or history of art. Applications will also be considered from graduates in the wider humanities and social sciences who have engaged in curation. Entry may be also be possible through a Recognition of Prior Learning route provided that equivalent skills obtained through a relevant professional route are demonstrated.

Our Partners

We work with a range of partners which have included:

  • York Gallery
  • West Yorkshire Archive Service
  • Museums & Galleries Hull
  • East Street Arts
  • Assembly House
  • Art House Wakefield
  • Leeds Museums and Galleries
  • National Arts Education Archive (Yorkshire Sculpture Park)


As the course is concerned with the specialist knowledge and skill set suitable to curation it is necessary to demonstrate a level of engagement (prior study or encounter with professional practice) with the discipline. Evidence of this is to be given in both written and visual formats.This will be placed together with a rationale outlining career and study aspirations and a statement of intent, including what is expected to be achieved on the course and an outline of desirable work-based opportunities. Interviews will also play a crucial role in selection.

Please complete our application form: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/postgraduate-application-form

If you have questions about applying please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8000.

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Our current fees are available on our website: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/fees

All alumni of Leeds Arts University undergraduate degree courses qualify for a discount.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,000 are available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for both full-time and part-time students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

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Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s curatorial projects, possible educational trips and travel expenses for the ‘off-site’ learning activities. A MA Curation Practices student must consider the costs of display materials, space, processing services and equipment that are required to fulfil their proposed objectives. These costs are estimated to a sum of £500-1000, however some students may spend less or more dependent on their actual projects. Financial planning and a willingness to travel are importance aspects of being a curator.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

A £3,000 scholarship is available for one student for one year.

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International Studio Space Scholarship

All international students will get a dedicated studio space in order to provide a creative space away from home.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this programme click here.

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Curation Practices, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

If you have specific enquiries please email the Course Leader - janine.sykes@leeds-art.ac.uk 

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"Our MA in Curation Practices embraces the breadth and diversity of contemporary curation practices, with an emphasis on scholarly informed practice."
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