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MA/MFA Contemporary Curating

Course Description

The MA/MFA Contemporary Curating explores the notion of exhibition practice in contemporary culture, and considers curatorial methods and strategies in the context of the gallery and museum, as well as in projects such as biennials, public art works and commissions. The programme is interdisciplinary in its structure and content and considers ways in which different kinds of art works and projects are mediated through the exhibition process. It shares the interests of the Research Councils’ strategic theme of Capitalising on the UK’s cultural assets.

The shifting relationship between artist-institution-curator-critic/writer forms a central element to the course, included in this will be a consideration of the implications of cultural theory to contemporary practice. The programme explores the potential of seeing curating as something which can be applied to different forms of knowledge, this could be through publication; symposia; conferences; events and interventions. In this way, the role of the curator could be seen as a mediator of art works; objects and information. In addition to the taught element, gallery visits and exhibition analysis will form an integral part of the programme.

Course Content

You will establish key theories and issues relating to Contemporary Curating, Design Cultures and Contemporary Visual Culture and then develop these into more complex approaches.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Contemporary Curating award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

Participating in a taught element on curating at Tate Liverpool. Includes presentations by curators from the Exhibition and

Education team, as well as analysis of current exhibitions.

Core seminar programme available to extend discussion with guest speakers from a range of other institutions such as FACT,
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool Biennial etc.

Placements can be arranged as an optional element.

Visit the MA/MFA Contemporary Curating page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

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