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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU (2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    02 August 2018

Course content

MA Curatorial Practice focuses on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword.

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection- based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators. The course covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of historical collections to curating at the cutting edge of contemporary art, craft and design.


If you’re studying the course full-time you will study two modules per trimester, alternatively part-time students will study one per trimester.

Potential Modules include:

Research Methodologies will introduce the generic research methodologies and the ways subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques can be a vehicle for personal study.

In The Role of the Curator we consider the politics of curating, real-world issues and discuss the changing role of the curator.

Collections and Collecting considers the nature of collecting and the influence of collecting on curatorial practice.

Reaching Audiences allows you to present or study a live project to a real audience.

The Master’s Project is an assessment that can include a dissertation, the study of historical or archival case studies, curating an exhibition or project in a venue, or forms of digital production.

For detailed information on each of the modules go to the website.


You’ll be taught in seminars, complemented with field visits to key venues facilitated by lead curators. We adopt a practice-led approach; while some sessions are delivered by our academics, others are delivered by our collaborators and relate to particular case studies or collections.


Project based work can be developed and assessed as part of the course. Real life projects can be pursued in response to assessment assignments, especially in relation to the final ‘Master’s Project’ double module.

For more information on assessment methods, please go to our course https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-curatorial-practice/" target="_blank">webpage.


Recent graduates have found work in: .

• Curatorial work in museums and galleries

• Galleries/Arts administration

• Self-employed freelance curatorial work and consultancy

• Publishing and media work

• Education, gallery and museum learning and teaching

• General project management outside the visual arts and museums

• Critical writing

• Academic study and teaching

For more information on our career opportunities please refer to our course page.

Visit the MA Curatorial Practice page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!






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