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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Specialist Resources

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

Based in our postgraduate hub, students will have access to a range of resources to support their learning. These include open access to our library and general computer suites which are equipped with up to date industry standard software related to creative practices. Our digital printing facility also allows large scale, professional quality output up to A0. Further specialist facilities that are available according to course disciplines are outlined on the following pages where applicable.

We embrace a post studio culture in our postgraduate teaching. This encourages our graduates to sustain a practice. We therefore expect postgraduate students to have access to their own studios or workspaces.

Course Specification

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 proposal 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, subject to an interview and the submission of a satisfactory portfolio related work in support of their application.

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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)


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.

Application deadline for 2020 entry: Tuesday 25 August 2020

Please complete our application form, which you can find at: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/postgraduate

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

Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,609 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.

For further information visit 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. 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.

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

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

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

For more information click here


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

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or call us on 0113 280 8000.

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