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Curatorial Practice (MA)

Course Description

UCA Canterbury

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity.

With a shared focus on experimental practice and vocational engagement, our course is open to curators, artists, historians, designers, architects and graduates in the humanities. It's been designed to foster new and innovative approaches to curation at an advanced level.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

Our MA course explores historical and recent developments within the field of curatorial practice. It provides a means for understanding such strategies in the logistical contexts of art management, commercial and public gallery or museum operations, art fairs, fringe platforms and artist run spaces.

The distinctive geographical context of the course in Kent and the South East also offers you the opportunity to develop specific curatorial research in the context of cultural regeneration.

You'll be provided with opportunities for direct professional and public engagement with local arts organisations, biennales and public arts projects. And our course provides a range of means for testing curatorial strategies through both studio research and live contexts. This will help you to explore theoretical and practical processes of interpretation, framing and presentation.

You'll develop and manage your individual MA project. And this course is supported by seminars, tutorials, professional practice workshops, live projects, study visits and critiques.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Context and Method: Through a series of lectures and seminars, this unit provides an overview of a range of current debates that provide a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas within fine art and curatorial practice and encourages your active engagement with them. Our programme addresses inter-disciplinary issues across curation through the discussion of theory and the consideration of specific artworks, activity, exhibitions and texts.

Exploratory Practice: This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice, in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal. This takes place throughout the first stage via a series of live projects working directly with industry partners.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Project Development: You'll begin to develop and investigate your proposed research project, testing ideas and establishing coherent modes for critically engaging with your curatorial practice. Throughout this phase you'll be supported through workshops, tutorials, forums, 'ideas in theory and writing' seminars and study visits locally, nationally and internationally.

Stage 3 -

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work;

Final Project: You'll apply knowledge and experience gained in previous units to the realisation of your final MA project. This project realisation is the culmination, consolidation and dissemination of your studies and research.

Programme Specification - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Curatorial%20Practice_MA_C_PSpec_201314-1377246840007.pdf


Sculpture workshop - Workshops for plaster and rubber casting; glass casting; slumping; fusing and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene)

3D workshop - Access to machinery to create artwork in wood, metal and plastics

Printmaking studios - Printmaking studio includes relied and block painting, plate or stone lithography and intaglio and screen-printing

Painting studios - Large purpose-built studios, as well as flexible project spaces

Course staff

Dr Terry Perk - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/dr-terry-perk/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses);

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Course website

Visit the course website for student, staff and alumni stories, as well as information about current, forthcoming and past exhibitions - http://mafineartcanterbury.com/

School of Fine Art & Photography

This course is part of the School of Fine Art & Photography, which has it’s own website packed with information about the its areas of study, expert staff, news and research projects - http://schools.ucreative.ac.uk/fine-art-photography

Visit the Curatorial Practice (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jane Murtagh

"The partnership with Turner Contemporary and its other Kent based creative partners, makes the course quite unique and provides students with an invaluable insight into contemporary curatorial practice. There are also many opportunities to get involved in live projects, which perfectly complement the theoretical and critical research aspects."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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