University of Essex

University of Essex

Curating

Our MA in Curating offers a theoretical, historical and practical foundation in curating and exhibition design more broadly. The course culminates in a final project, which may assume one of three possible forms depending on the student's preference: curating an exhibition at our University's Art Exchange gallery, writing a dissertation based on substantial, independent research, producing a detailed proposal for a major, research-driven exhibition. In lectures and seminars, you explore the history and theory of exhibition making, as well as the functions, purposes and narrative structures of exhibitions. In practical workshops, you consider essentials for successful exhibition making, such as writing an exhibition proposal, applying for loans, raising sponsorships and managing your exhibition budget. We include regular visits to museums and galleries in London and the region which, together with lectures by visiting speakers, gives you the chance to meet established professionals in the field.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a good degree. If English is not your first language, then we require IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing (and 5.5 in listening, reading, and speaking).

Course modules

Compulsory: art and politics; art, architecture and urbanism; art, science, knowledge; city of god / city of man: art and urbanism in Rome, 1530-1650; collecting art from Latin America: indigenous and post-indigenist art; critique and curating; curating inside out; current issues in curating; current research in art history; exhibition (joint project); managing galleries and exhibition projects; researching art history; the museum: history, theory and critical texts; topics in art history. Optional modules: art and politics; art, architecture and urbanism; art, science, knowledge; city of god / city of man: art and urbanism in Rome, 1530-1650; collecting art from Latin America: indigenous and post-indigenist art; critique and curating; curating inside out; current issues in curating; current research in art history; exhibition (joint project); managing galleries and exhibition projects; researching art history; the museum: history, theory and critical texts; topics in art history.

Assessment methods

Your assessment is a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

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