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  Curating Contemporary Art MA

Royal College of Art    Postgraduate Courses

Full time September MA 1 year full time
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The Curating Contemporary Art MA is a leading programme that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to excel in the dynamic field of curating. With a strong emphasis on global perspectives, you will explore the ever-changing landscape of curating and its relationship to contemporary art. This highly international programme encourages collaborative learning, allowing you to share ideas and experiences with peers from around the world. With a focus on both theory and practice, you will engage with curatorial thinking, gain insights into diverse curatorial spaces, and develop collaborative curatorial proposals. A good undergraduate degree and a passion for contemporary art are key entry requirements for this exciting programme.

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Entry Requirements

You are generally expected to have a good undergraduate degree from an arts or humanities background. If your undergraduate degree is not arts or humanities-based you should be able to articulate its relevance, or how it informs your aim to study Curating Contemporary Art. You also need to be able to demonstrate an active interest in contemporary art and its presentation and mediation, and have some practical experience of working within the visual arts or cultural sector that is relevant to the field of curatorial practice.

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Anna DuFour Montuori

Nationality: France

Before I applied to the RCA I was a research student in art history at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Curatorial/Research Assistant Intern at the musée du Louvre in Paris. I was working mainly of murals and drawings from the 17th and 19th century. I decided to operate a turn towards the contemporary art world and moved to London to study at the RCA. I applied in April and moved to London at the end of May.

There is at the RCA a sense of community that I hadn’t witnessed in French universities. Being surrounded by talented artists and creators is also very inspiring. The ability to meet with academic staff and the RCAs incredibly talented technicians really surprised me too. You don’t get that as much at European universities.Postgraduate study in my home country is much like undergraduate where you are in very large classes so it's not as personal and you don't get the opportunities to develop personally. It's more like everyone in the group develops in the same way.

Because fees are low in France, everyone that can do a masters does do one so the degree does not stand out. An RCA degree stands out.

The graduate project was definitely one of the highlights of my experience at RCA. Working with partners to design a project from scratch was a great opportunity. The RCA teaching staff provided support in the process but also gave us a lot of freedom and independence. I would definitely recommend joining the RCA, not only is it a great opportunity to develop your practice with the support of a high profile teaching body but it is the chance to build your own network of fellow emerging artists and practitioners - these are the connections that will help start your career.


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