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Curating the Contemporary - MA


Course Description

A practice-into-theory MA that will launch your career in contemporary art taught jointly with Whitechapel Gallery; it will give you the chance to do a placement at a world-renowned gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.

More about this course

This is a professional course, devised and taught with our partner, the internationally renowned Whitechapel Gallery. Through direct involvement in the life cycle of the gallery, you will will acquire the key skills and knowledge of curatorial practice as well as an informed understanding of the contemporary visual arts. You will also gain a broad range of transferable skills in communication, management, research and analysis.

The MA Curating the Contemporary partnership and programme is unique among courses of its type. It provides theory into practice experiential learning of a kind and quality that will be invaluable to you when seeking future employment in the industry.

Moreover, our students work with our exhibition partners in London and abroad to curate major shows. These have included: Me-Collection/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Government Art Collection, London, Zabludowicz Collection, London, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and many others.

Other students have gone on to have successful careers as curators, painters, art writers and publicists. Take a look at their blog Curating the Contemporary to discover more.

You will be assessed via a variety of methods, including project work (exhibitions), essays, archival investigation and a major research project. Assessment will also be based on evaluation of your individual contributions in the live curatorial environment through placements and exhibitions of professional artists curated by students.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Critical and Contextual Studies: Art (core, 20 credits)
-Practice and Theories of Display (core, 30 credits)
-Theory in Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Writing about Art (core, 10 credits)

Year 2 modules include:
-Curatorial Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Professional Practice (core, 40 credits)
-Research Methods for Curatorial Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Tutorial Mentoring for Professional Practice (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Successful completion of this course offers significantly improved career opportunities in the arts sector including roles in exhibition curating, collections management, gallery education, fundraising, gallery management and administration, press and publicity, publishing, journalism, art criticism and as arts entrepreneurs in the creative economy.

Our graduates have found employment with major public spaces and commercial galleries in the UK and abroad including GoMA-Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, the Whitechapel Gallery, and the Foundling Museum, London, among others.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Visit the Curating the Contemporary - MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gwen Anderson

3066.jpg Gwen, you’ve studied art in both New York and in London – how did it all start?

In 2006 I became a real estate agent in NYC because I was looking for another apartment and that was the best way to find a great place at that time. When I found the ideal apartment a year later there were a lot of walls and we didn’t have much art to cover them. I found out that to buy art was an expensive business, so I decided to make my own.

I attended the Art Student League on 57th street and started making abstract paintings with mixed media/collages. This is the place where some of my favorite artists studied such as: Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly. 48 paintings and three years later I moved to London where I completed a mixed media course and a Higher National Credit. After this year I continued on to a BA and then MA in Fine Art at The Cass at London Met, where I was taught and
coached by Patrick Brill, Rosemary McGoldrick, Ben Cain, Mike Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi Jones. They are amazing tutors and very generous with their time.

Tell us a bit about your current artwork – what made you choose to use silver on your paintings?

My parents came to the Netherlands as political refugees in the 1950s. I was born there and have lived in Amsterdam and other places for 28 years, in the Caribbean for eight years, in New York for 12 years, and now in London for six years. All this made me ‘homeless’ in a way. My paintings are a reflection of that; the roster of silver leaf is a clearing on which the painting happens.

Do you think that it’s important to have qualifications in order to be an artist?

I definitely think it’s important, especially in London. I have talked to gallerists and they said that they don’t even consider your art if you don’t have qualifications.

(Student Profile)

Brandon Kershner

3151.jpg "My passion for design began at a young age and carried into high school where I began learning how to sculpt and manipulate materials such as wood and metal. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this craft would lay the foundation for the rest of my career.

"After graduating high school, I accepted a scholarship to the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver Colorado to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. Over the next few years, my skill set developed tremendously and I quickly began showing and selling my work in local galleries as well as entering design competitions where I was able to find early success.

"In 2007, shortly after earning my BA, I was offered a design position at a Point of Purchase company in San Diego, California. During that time I lead the charge in designing custom retail displays with clients around the globe, communicating with overseas manufactures on a daily basis to manage the production of my designs.

"After a few years of working professionally, I realised my dream was evolving. I quickly discovered that in order to take my career to the next level, I would need a new challenge to pursue. This decision led me to London Metropolitan University.

"As an international student, London Met has provided me an opportunity to grow not only academically, but also professionally. Surrounding myself with European culture has diversified the scope through which I view design and has broadened my view of the world around us.

"Since enrolling my career as an independent designer has already began to look more promising. I've had a product published in Faces, a Swiss lifestyle and trend journal, as well as anticipating multiple lines of outdoor furniture that will hit the market in the next year.

"The opportunity I've experienced at London Met has given me the chance to grow as a designer and will give me a great advantage for years to come."


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Silver) - 3 Awards

This partial scholarship will award three outstanding applicants £5,000 to cover their tuition fees. The remaining tuition fees as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the students.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in one of the following faculties: The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing.
2. Have over 70% in a Bachelor’s degree from a good university in India.
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Gold) - Single Award

This partial scholarship will award one outstanding applicant £10,000 to cover their tuition fee. The remaining tuition fee as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the student.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in September 2016.
2. Have over 75% in a bachelor’s degree from a good university in India and 75% above in X and XII (consistent academic grades).
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19th August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

You will be required to have: a relevant upper second class honours degree in a related discipline (professional qualifications from accredited museums and public galleries may also be considered). We interview all prospective applicants in person. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

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