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Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum) (MA)


Kingston University Kingston School of Art

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

Run jointly with the Design Museum, London this course is taught by leading curators and designers within the field. Through its projects at the Design Museum and with prestigious cultural organisations, including the British Council, Architecture Foundation, British Museum and the V&A, the course gives you the opportunity to curate live projects and build your own professional profile.

The Kingston School of Art environment, which includes the Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum and outstanding workshop facilities, encourages creativity and experimentation as responses to interrogations of contemporary conditions and concerns.

This course is unique; it is both research and practice-led in the field of curatorial studies. The course has taught aspiring curators for more than 15

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Entry Requirements

Here you'll find the entry requirements for this course. Please read them carefully as they are very important for your application. Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in an academic subject or creative practice field. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience, such as practitioners, museum staff and designers looking to extend their professional experience. You should be able to demonstrate an ability to work creatively and within a team.


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Matthew Turtle

"It has been very interesting to explore the anthropology behind the curator and the subtle changes the whole profession has undergone. As a history graduate, the whole question really appealed to me and I really enjoyed writing it. The course is very good at facilitating your own interests and specialisms – that's for sure. Since taking the course I have gone on to manage major London events including COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery for the Crafts Council and Open House London weekend, London's largest architectural showcase."


Feng Sun

"As a Sino-British Scholarship holder, I have found the Curating Contemporary Design MA a wonderful experience. I am enjoying working in a team; learning more about art and culture administration; visiting the splendid museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions in London; and developing future cooperation opportunities between the UK and China.

"I am very grateful for the Sino-British Scholarship, which has given me an amazing opportunity to acquire new ideas, improve my professional practice, enhance my curating skills and develop the career that I have always wanted.

"There is an unprecedented enthusiasm in both China and the UK at the moment to develop contemporary culture and reinforce collaborations with the rest of the world. Everyone who has experienced the history and culture of these two great countries would feel a responsibility to enhance it. With the platform established by the Sino-British Trust, I believe that communication between our cultures will be strengthened."


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