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.
About the 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.
The course is designed to facilitate an integration of academic elements and work done through on-site curatorial practice. The course comprises lectures, seminars and tutorials at the University with appropriate training, mentoring and professional development at Whitechapel Gallery.
Curating students also undertake two major exhibition projects featuring national and international artists. These are developed with our external exhibition partners and supervised by teaching staff. Partners past and present include: ME-Collector’s Room in Berlin, Government Art Collection (GAC) London, David Roberts Foundation in London, Nomas Foundation in Rome, Kadist Foundation in Paris, among others. Students also have access to The Cass Gallery at the University.
Core modules include:
History of Curating: Practices and Theories of Display
Workplace Observation Module: Whitechapel Gallery
Writing About Art: Curatorial Workshops
Research Methods and Project
Major Curatorial Project
Curatorial Practice and Mentoring
Professional Practice: Whitechapel Gallery
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.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
Candidates will typically hold a relevant upper second-class Honours degree in a cognate discipline. Professional Qualifications from accredited Museums and Public Galleries may also be considered.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.