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This course is for people who want to work either in the traditional areas of curating fine art and cultural artefacts or in emerging areas such as curating digital art, media or live art. We will equip you for careers in the gallery, non-gallery and digital sectors.
The course features three week-long blocks of intensive delivery in October, February and June. There is also weekly contact which can be online for UK and EU students, who can therefore fit attendance and travel around work or family commitments (international students would usually need to be present for weekly contact).
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work.
These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support.
Field trips and practical workshops are important elements of the course, giving you direct contact with curators. Host organisations have included the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Workplace Gallery, the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, the National Glass Centre and Shipley Art Gallery.
View our student galleries.
Critically analyse and explore the theories and origins that contribute to contemporary forms of curating.
Analyse the principles and practices of curating in contemporary art and design galleries through field trips to regional cultural institutions.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
You will develop a clear understanding of contemporary art and design infrastructures in London, in the context of regional and international curating.
You will also develop the vocational and professional skills needed for individual and collaborative development in curating in relation to place, space and time, to give insights into professional practice from collections and exhibiting to educational and participatory curating work. An inspection of non-gallery related strategies will enable you to develop advanced strategies beyond existing practice.
You will undertake a major project on a topic of your choice. As the culmination of the course, it will build on all the skills and knowledge that you have gained up to this point.
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We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree in an art or design-related discipline such as fine art, design, spatial culture, critical theory, art history, exhibition design, event design, new media, arts administration, cultural policy, museum studies or arts management.
If you are suitably qualified, we will invite you to an interview to assess whether this is the right course for you.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the creative industries.
Specific opportunities include working in curatorial institutions and event management. Recent Sunderland graduates are now working in institutions such as the BALTIC, the Arnolfini (Bristol), Klomp Ching Gallery (New York), Banff Centre (Canada), Shipley Art Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.
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