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.

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What You'll Study

The programme offers the opportunity to contribute to growing fields of practice, in addition to the advancement of practices in education, arts and the heritage industries.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options. It can be taken as a Full Time MA for one year or a Part Time MA for two years.

Course Specification

Please click here to view the course specification.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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Typical Applicants

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 possible through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route, by those who can evidence equivalent skills obtained through a relevant professional route and wish to enhance their curation practice.


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 also see our Entry Requirements and How To Apply page for more information on the application process and to download an application form. Alternatively you can contact the Admissions Team by phone 0113 202 8000 or email admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk to request an application form. Please follow the instructions on the application form carefully, and be sure to provide all the information requested so we can deal with your application promptly.

Fees and Funding

For information on fees please click here and for information on financial support click here.

For the 2017/18 academic year onwards new postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,000 will be available. These loans will be available for all taught and research Masters programmes in all subjects for both full-time and part-time study. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. For further information visit Student Finance England and there is also useful background information at FindAMasters.

All alumni of Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) courses qualify for a discount.

Useful Links

Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) - to find out more, call the PCDL helpline on 0800 100 900 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pcdl

For charities and trust fund support – to find out more visit www.family-action.org.uk or at www.turn2us.org.uk

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Principal’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.

For more information click here.

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.

For more information click here.

International Scholarships

Principal’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

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

For more information click here.

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."
Janine Sykes
MA Curation Practices