London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Curating the Contemporary

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, students acquire the key skills and knowledge of curatorial practice as well as an informed understanding of the contemporary visual arts. Students 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 is invaluable to students seeking future employment in the industry.

Entry requirements

A relevant upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a cognate discipline. Professional qualifications from accredited museums and public galleries may also be considered. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

Year 1: history of art and critical theory; workplace observation module: Whitechapel gallery; critical writing: idioms and audience. Year 2: research methods and project; curatorial practice and mentoring; professional practice: Whitechapel gallery.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed via a variety of methods, including project work (exhibitions), essays, archival investigation and a major research project. Assessment is also based on evaluation of students' individual contributions in the 'live' curatorial environment.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 14,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 7PF South East

Key information

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