Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Exhibition Studies

Exhibitions are central to the cultural life of Liverpool, supporting and sustaining an established scene of artists, curators and venues. During the programme students will benefit from having major national museums, international art and niche galleries on their doorstep. Students will develop and sustain a deep understanding of, and imaginative engagement with, the history, theory and practice of worldwide exhibition cultures. This course connects with a range of initiatives including LJMU's exhibition research centre (ERC), which has led to enhanced awareness of the exhibition as a medium for research and engagement with issues concerning curatorial activity. The ERC hosts a research seminar series, public lectures, exhibitions, connecting with other researchers working in cognate topics.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study. •Exhibition Studio Practice (Exhibition Studies) You will be introduced to the professional practice of exhibition making during this module. It provides an opportunity to share, investigate and contextualise experiences of exhibition making. The module is assessed through a portfolio of written work and related documentation, presentation of exhibition proposal, and a viva •Research and Practice 1 This shared module for all Liverpool School of Art and Design taught postgraduate programmes provides an introduction to practice-based research, history and theory as applied to the wider field of Art and Design. It will introduce you to a variety of research methods and skills and offers an exploration of the diversity of contemporary practice at the forefront of the represented disciplines •Research and Practice 2 You will be introduced to the field of Exhibition Studies through the study of significant historic exhibitions with key contextual readings. You will be introduced to various case study examples to test and develop ideas for the written assignment through analysis, discussion and reflection. The module introduces the histories and practices of exhibition-making and develops your interpretative theoretical and discursive skills. It offers a critical environment within which you can develop the skills necessary to debate and critically evaluate exhibition studies •Collaborative Practice An exciting shared module for all Liverpool School of Art and Design taught postgraduate programmes which will provide you with an opportunity to work closely with departments and internal partners within the School and the wider LJMU community, and with external partners in the UK and internationally. Outcomes should include proposals for applied creative projects and demonstrable practice based artefacts relevant for exhibition purposes. An emphasis will be placed on you furthering the understanding of your chosen pathways within the programme and developing professional links and experience in disseminating work to the public/professional bodies •Major Project - Exhibition Studies You will undertake and complete a sustained research project in the field of Exhibition Studies on a topic agreed with the module supervisor. Building on advanced skills in practice, research and scholarship assessed at Certificate and Diploma modules, you will identify, research, and organise a significant piece of scholarly writing or undertake a practical project. Both options are undertaken with the support and advice provided through general, small-group, and tutorial meetings. The module is assessed through a written dissertation or practical project (thesis exhibition) accompanied by a written report.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods differ slightly for each of the modules but usually involve a presentation of your practical work in a viva voce situation with supporting research or textual material.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
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