Curatorial Practice


2018 entry

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with the prestigious Turner Contemporary. Offering the most talented postgraduate students an 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, and we encourage students from all walks of life to explore and challenge the contemporary.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time


September 2018


UCA Canterbury

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. Developing practice will be supplemented by Canterbury’s state-of-the-art printmaking studios, painting studios and expert 3D and sculpture workshops.

Set in the beautiful county of Kent in South East England, the course is able to offer 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 the 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, while supported by seminars, tutorials, professional practice workshops, live projects, study visits and critiques.

Graduates of the MA Curatorial Practice have secured residencies as curators in practice at bespoke galleries, such as the Brewery Tap Project Space in Folkestone, Kent and have been involved in curating projects abroad.

Course content - 2018 entry

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

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • 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, encouraging 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.

  • Exploring 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.

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

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Development (Practice or Dissertation)

    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.

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

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Final Project (Practice or Dissertation)

    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.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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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.

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