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Course content

Research profile

The dual focus of this distinctive programme will enable you to pursue research-focused study while developing a rigorous understanding of current debates and practices in the field of curatorship.

Delivered in partnership with flagship cultural institutions this degree directly responds to a growing need for our graduates to be able to work at the interface of academic research and the curatorial profession. It offers a rigorous framework for intellectual development and innovation, combining supervised independent research with seminar teaching and unique opportunities for live project delivery.

You will gain critical, analytical, interpretative and other research skills that are transferable to further academic research, to curatorial settings and to other careers.

Collections and Curating Practices is devised and delivered in cooperation with National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, Talbot Rice Gallery, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and the University of Edinburgh's own Special Collections.

Training and support

You will be assigned a research supervisor at the outset of your degree with secondary supervisory support for the dissertation component drawn from ECA, the University or from a member of staff in one of the external partner organisations.

The core course will examine the theories and methods of collecting and curatorship. Two intensive one-day workshops will offer introductory training in the practical aspects of curatorship and collections management from object handling and transportation issues to accreditation processes.

Career development opportunities are built into the syllabus including advice days and a bespoke mentoring programme.

Facilities

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, Edinburgh College of Art has a wide range of studios and workshop spaces, libraries and collections, places to socialise, perform and show work; all within walking distance of world-class museums, music venues and galleries.

Our facilities range from the historic, to contemporary, specialist spaces for making work at all scales, in and across all media. In this directory, you’ll find details of our own facilities, and selected places in the city to be inspired, research, collaborate or gain work experience.


Visit the Collections & Curating Practices - MScR page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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