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MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating

Course Description

Programme Overview

MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating offers sustained engagement with the visual arts from an intercultural perspective, training students in marketing, public relations, development, management, curating and gallery education within a visual arts context. The programme brings art and design historians, theoreticians, professional practitioners and studio artists together to; 1) offer a thorough grounding in the interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of the visual, and 2) equip students with the professional skills and experience to work successfully in a variety of arts and cultural industries.

Why Study MA in Visual Arts & Curating?

MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating is designed to develop professional excellence in the field of contemporary curatorial practice. The course aims to develop Arts Management Leaders and Curators.

The programme focuses contemporary discourse and practice in curating and arts management
Archiving - Research and Relevance
Arts Curating Contemporary Arts/Historical Context
Public Relations and Marketing in the Visual Arts
Studio Art and Contextual Presentation
Commercial Perceptions and Value

Recent guest lecturers and visiting speaker

Danny Birchall, Wellcome Collection ; Russell Dornan, Wellcome Collection; Joanna Banham, V&A; Justine Locker, Tate; John Stack, Tate; Luisa Ulyett, Tate; Anita Bennett, Tate; Caro Howell, The Foundling Museum; Synthia Griffin, Tate; Emma Law, Camden Arts Centre; Jessica Stockford, Arts & Business; Kate Oliver, Horniman Museum; Tiana Tasich, Digitelling Agency; Matthew Cain, The Guardian; Claudia Lastra, The Arts Catalyst

Recent Study Visits – London

V&A; Tate; Wellcome Collection; British Library; Geffrye Museum; Serpentine Gallery; British Museum; Frieze Art Fair; Sotheby’s; Christies; National Art Library; British Museum; Camden Arts Centre; National Gallery; National Portrait Gallery; South London Gallery
Recent Study Trips – International:
Venice, Berlin, Istanbul

Core Modules

Arts Management & Marketing
Arts Policy
World Arts
Arts Education
The International Art Market

How to Apply

Apply online using the application form available at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-admissions/ Please send your completed form to us by email to or by mail to the following address: Admission Office, Richmond, the American University in London, Queens Road, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6JP, UK.

Visit the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating page on the Richmond University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Danielle Nunez

460.jpg When I began searching for an Art History Graduate program abroad, the MA program at Richmond immediately appealed to my interests. I had always wanted to live in London, and the thought of earning a fully accredited MA degree in one year was extremely attractive.

Thus far, the experience has been just what I hoped for. The MA faculty at Richmond has worked hard to provide an easy transition period for incoming students. We arrived in London about a week before the academic year began, and rather than jumping straight into coursework, we were able to use the time to acclimatize to life on campus, and in London.

The MA program is based at the Kensington campus, which is a prime location for immersion in London life. The campus is nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood just a few short blocks away from public transportation, shopping and entertainment. In addition, the location is ideal for Art History students in that the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Art Library are just a 15 minute walk away. These resources have proved to be absolutely invaluable!

While the coursework is challenging, with appropriate time management, it can all be accomplished, and quite rewarding. Classes are held inside the classroom as well as the Museum and Gallery settings. Professors make excellent use of the amazing artistic and social opportunities that London has to offer. We have been lucky enough to have classes take place in such locations as Oxford, Greenwich, and even a day spent browsing notable Art Galleries in London’s East End. I recommend this program for anybody wishing to gain hands on experience studying Art in a cosmopolitan setting, and London truly is an excellent setting for Art Historical research.

(Student Profile)

Laura Connor

461.jpg Richmond’s MA in Art History offers an excellent course of study that fully prepares its students for careers in academia and the international art world. The program’s curriculum is challenging, engaging, and comprehensive, versing its students in theory, effective research methods, and fascinating topics in art history. Faculty members are both highly knowledgeable and open-minded, inviting discussion and dissention from their students. The Richmond MA further challenges its students by inciting them to explore marginalized artistic production, such as non-Western visual culture and modern British art, while also grounding them in canonical artistic traditions. In addition, the program’s structure strikes an ideal balance between providing academic guidance and allowing students the independence to study the topics that most interest them.

Richmond’s location is another of its principle assets. Vibrant, cosmopolitan London is an ideal environment in which to study the visual arts. Not only do Richmond’s graduate students have easy access to London’s celebrated art collections, renowned libraries, and cutting-edge gallery spaces, other major European museums and cultural centers are only a short plane trip away.

Richmond’s MA program has amply equipped me to pursue further graduate work in the literary and visual arts. Moreover, in addition to professionally preparing me, the Richmond MA has personally enriched me by familiarizing me with diverse types of art and theory with which I had previously had little experience.


Masters Scholarship - 4 Awards

To be eligible for consideration, a prospective scholar must have, by 1st June preceding the programme start date been accepted the offer of a place on a Richmond Masters programme for the entry year concerned and submitted a complete scholarship application form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

4 at 50% tuition payable


Each year Richmond will award a scholarship to a maximum of four outstanding new entrants to our Masters programmes. Each will cover the duration of the programme, subject to grades worth 50% remission of tuition fees payable.

Application Procedure

Recipients of the scholarship will be decided by the Vice Chancellor on the basis of:
- Their applications for study and the Scholarship,
- Their level of academic achievement prior to entry to the Richmond Masters programme, and
- Advice from the Richmond academic departments concerned. Scholars will be informed by July 1. The University reserves the right to make the offer of a scholarship subject to certain conditions being met (for example, where the final outcome of undergraduate study is not known at the point of scholarship application)

Further Information


Entry Requirements

US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required.

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