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MA Curation

Course Description

The contemporary art scene is evolving as artists respond to new disciplines and techniques and challenge the boundaries of their practice. The place of art in society is changing as increasingly varied audiences interact with creativity in new ways. MA Curation at NUA is a pioneering course - the first to respond to this changing sector and to equip professionals with the broad skills and contextual understanding needed by the 21st century curator.

Focused above all on the public exhibition of contemporary art, MA Curation at NUA also recognises curation in its most enquiring sense as a way of bringing together and relating ideas, images, objects and texts for public exhibition. This intellectually stimulating course enables students to be creative and open to new ways of working as they begin to define your own specialism. Through practice and research, students are invited to experiment with curation for traditional and innovative public exhibition spheres, including;
• museums, galleries and public spaces
• digital arts, moving image and performance
• print, digital media and the internet

Through ‘hands-on’ practice throughout the course, students on MA Curation will develop key sector skills in the management of collaborative projects; the ability to lead and work within a team and an understanding of the importance and use of networks. The course will encourage students to question the ethical responsibilities of the curator and reflect on controversy within the arts.
MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on practical curatorial experience. Curation is understood in its broadest and most forward-thinking sense as a process of bringing together objects, still and moving image and/or texts into a coherent whole. The course appeals to a range of applicants, including graduates in Fine Art and Art History and those from non-art backgrounds with an interest in curatorial practices.

NUA has a strong reputation for high quality curatorial practice, having staged the prestigious Eastinternational between 1991-2009. The Gallery at NUA provides a showcase for exhibitions of international contemporary art and design and plays a central role in the MA Curation programme. Recently the Gallery at NUA has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread. MA Curation students have the opportunity to curate in the Gallery and encouraged and supported to engage in local and national opportunities.

The University has productive links with the Tate and Hayward Gallery as well as with galleries in the region. Tutors and industry guests encourage professional understanding as you develop your appreciation of location and audience and the communication of ideas, meaning and information. You will become accustomed to liaising between artists, dealers, galleries and agents as you progress on your curatorial career.

Taught by leading, established practitioners in the field and with a strong emphasis on industry lectures, workshops, visits and collaborations, the MA focuses heavily on the core professional skills needed to stand out in the competitive field of curation. Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of current debates in contemporary art, design and media practice. Through expert tuition and regular interaction with students on other postgraduate courses at NUA, students will hone their research and critical interpretation skills.

Unit Tutor, Dr Krzysztof Fijalkowski contributes to the MA Curation and Postgraduate Research programmes at NUA. He is active as a researcher, writer, translator, curator and artist, with particular interests in the history and theory of Dada and Surrealism. Krzysztof also works on the BA Fine Art course, combining teaching in the studio and responsibility for many of the course’s Contextual Studies elements, with a special interest in the crossovers between writing, theory and practice.

Professor of Curation and Art History, Lynda Morris supervises Phd Research students and is the Senior Tutor on the MA Curation course. Professor Morris is the Curator of EASTinternational - the international open submission exhibition - which has been realised in collaboration with a series of eminent invited selectors since 1991. Her activities as a curator and a writer have been concerned with issues of perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics. She was responsible for the first UK exhibitions of several now well-recognised artists including Agnes Martin (1974), Bernd & Hilla Becher (1974-75) and Gerhard Richter (1977). Professor Morris is a Principal Investigator for the major AHRC funded research project 'Picasso; Peace and Freedom' with Tate Liverpool, the Albertina (Vienna) and the Louisiana (Copenhagen). Professor Morris is currently working on a book and recently curated the exhibition As It Was As It Is Now for the Herbert Foundation Ghent 2014 and The Life Room and the City: John Wonnacott & John Lessore at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

MA Curation is relevant to applicants looking to achieve a high level of professional understanding and ability and applications are welcome from outstanding students from diverse disciplines including Fine Art, Design, Film and Moving Image, Art/Design History and those interested in communicating ideas across the arts and sciences to new and existing audiences.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

Visit the MA Curation page on the Norwich University of the Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alice Lee

2492.jpg I have loved NUA since the very first time I came here for an Open Day back when I was thinking about my BA. As soon as I arrived it just felt right for me.

The course at NUA appealed to me because it welcomes applications from people without a Fine Art or History of Art background. Since it doesn’t impose these restrictions I feel it can become a more innovative course as it will be informed by students from varied sectors. It also has a practical emphasis, other courses I looked at were more theory-based.


N170 Postgraduate Student Scholarship - 8 Awards

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE N170 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2015/161. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must:
a. Be a UK or EU citizen;
b. Have begun your Undergraduate Degree (UG) in September 2012 and been charged higher fee levels at a UK university;
c. Have completed your UG degree by the end of the 2014/15 academic year;
d. Not already hold a postgraduate degree or higher level of qualification;
e. Have made a formal application for postgraduate study at NUA, which must be for 1-year full-time study and
f. Have received a full or partial government maintenance grant in your final year of undergraduate study: i.e. 2014/15.2. You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.3. The £10,000 scholarship will be awarded as a full fee waiver, with the remaining funds paid as a bursary on the following dates: 1 October 2015, 15 January 2016 and 15 May 2016. The final bursary payment on 15 May 2016 will only be paid if you are continuing onto the Masters project.4. If you withdraw at any point during the year, you will not be required to pay back the fee waiver or any bursary payments received to that point, but you will not be eligible for any future bursary payments. If you intermit during the year and return in 2016/17, you will receive any bursary payments not yet paid to you when you return, at the same points of the year as specified above (i.e. 15 January and 15 May). If you return from intermission after the end of 2016/17, you will not receive any outstanding bursary payments.5. Where there are more applicants than scholarships available, the successful applicants will be decided by a judging panel, who will base their decision on a balanced score of the interview, application
and quality of references. Those who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified by 10 July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)



NUA is offering eight £10,000 scholarships for 2015 entry. These scholarships are only available for full-time postgraduate students who are 2015 graduates, started an undergraduate degree in 2012 (new fee regime) and can prove they were receiving financial support (maintenance grant/bursary) during their time of study. Further criteria may include first generation higher education students and those from under-represented groups. The N170 scholarship will cover NUA postgraduate tuition fees plus an additional bursary up to the value of £10,000.

Application Procedure

You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entrants should normally have a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent. Relevant professional experience may be considered. The offer would mostly be based on a portfolio and usually an interview, in person or via Skype.

Course Fees

MA (Full-Time): £5,500; MA (Part-time; 2 years): £3,300 per year

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