Our MA 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, education, arts and heritage industries.

Students will develop a synthesised skill set in preparation to enter the profession or continue further study. Perfectly situated in a specialist arts community, students will be surrounded by the study and production of creative artefacts. Specialist tutors, visiting lecturers and professional curators provide a stimulating range of study topics including audience engagement. Students will also be supported to advance their object handling and installation skills.

We support students in identifying curation spaces through our partnership network. This entails students being resident with a partner organisation and in close proximity to professional curators in order to enhance their skills, experience and knowledge for a career in the discipline. Students are also encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning through forging contacts and securing space for curatorial projects.

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Please apply direct to the University for our MA Curation Practices course using the links below.

Home applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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Specialist Resources

Access to specialist resources for MA Curation Practices students is negotiated based on their specific individual research interests and skill set. 

Course Specification

When 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.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a personal statement outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry using our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

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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)

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

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Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE Diploma courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. Visit our Postgraduate Finance page for more information.

Postgraduate 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. Find out more at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

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. An 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-£1,000, however some students may spend less or more dependent on their actual projects. Financial planning and a willingness to travel are important aspects of being a curator.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home 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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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions and Key Information

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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One year full-time. Two years part-time.
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MA Curation Practices