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About the course

Study current theory and history, and build your personal curatorial skills and thinking on our innovative curating MA.

  • Taught by curators, you'll work with a rich and diverse group of partner organisations in the sector.
  • Combine contemporary practice with theory in a flexible approach.
  • This curating MA highlights the roles of audiences, collections and new contexts.

We focus on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. 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

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.


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Student Profile(s)

Nicol Phillips

2022.jpg I chose this course as it had lots of practical curating opportunities and useful links with contemporary organisations such as the Arnolfini and Spike Island in Bristol. I especially liked the field trips we undertook to art museums and art centres to speak with their curators, as this provided a really interesting and valuable insight into how different curators operate within varying institutions. I also found my tutor, Jo Dahn, very supportive and well informed on traditional, but also contemporary practices. In our regular tutorials Jo was always keen to push my ideas and thought processes, which enabled my practice to continually evolve. I particularly liked the campuses at the University; Sion Hill is vibrant and inspiring and Corsham Court is beautiful, and the bowling alley is a great potential exhibition space.

This course will hopefully broaden my career opportunities. It has given me more confidence and focus in my curatorial practice, which in turn has become more specialised. For anyone considering this course I would recommend finding work experience in a relevant institution alongside your studies. This can provide an outlet for the practical application of theoretical/academic knowledge, and also potentially challenge learned concepts. While I was completing my Master’s Project I undertook a paid internship at Spike Island.


Barbara Mulas

As an art curator and mediator from Italy, and having moved to Bristol, this year has been challenging: new life, new friends, new language and a new educational approach. I have developed as a person and thanks to everything on the course combined, I now feel like a more complete curator.


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