The MA Contemporary Curation is unique in its pivotal approach. It grounds students in the traditions and history of curation as a continually developing professional practice and theoretical discipline. Although based at the Winchester School of Art (WSA), the MA Contemporary Curation trains graduates to possess the critical knowledge and skills needed in curation today, regardless of the types of objects and concepts, institutions, or historical focus presented. The MA programme offers this transferable training through a variety of learning outcomes, as well as professional visits to various institutions where students gain insights from leading curators and artistic directors.
The core modules will provide a foundation in the history, theory, concepts, debates, techniques, and approaches associated with curation as both an evolving practice and as an increasingly examined discourse. The wide range of optional modules allows students to enhance their knowledge and understanding in many related disciplines and practices. Further specialisation can be achieved through the final project, which is comprised of both practical and written components. Successful completion of the MA Contemporary Curation will give students the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in existing and emergent curatorial and related professions in an array of institutions. It also will prepare them to undertake appointments within media, journalism, public museums in curatorial or public programmes and learning teams positions, and in the commercial galleries sector. Additionally, students will be equipped to pursue careers in a wide variety of other organisations focused on cultural and public policy making, cultural management and administration, including various arts commissioning and funding agencies, as well as cultural community groups.
The MA Contemporary Curation aims to deliver an innovative programme combining practice-based learning with theoretical and historical understanding of the discipline and art of curation, primarily aimed at graduates from humanities backgrounds. These include, but are not limited to: fine art and design, history of art, museum and heritage studies, cultural and media studies, history, English literature, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. The MA Contemporary Curation also will appeal to those who have experience of working in the museums or galleries sector who are interested in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Suitable graduates from other disciplines interested in either a change of career or in curation for non-arts organisations – such as maritime, science, or natural history museums, for example – are also welcome to join the course.
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- Professional visits to various creative institutions
- Gain insights from leading curators and artistic directors
- Based in The Winchester Gallery
- Combines professional practice with theoretical discipline
Typical entry requirements
The entry requirements for the MA Contemporary Curation are a good honours degree in a relevant art, humanities, or social sciences subject with a 2.1 or 1st class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
International and EU students applying for the MA Contemporary Curation are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in speaking and listening or equivalent, prior to starting the programme. For a full list of English language tests accepted please see here
The University also runs a number of English language courses to prepare students for study, details can also be found here for more information about the WSA pre-sessionals.
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Mature students without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis depending on their previous experience and background in the subject.
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning .
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Typical course content
The MA Contemporary Curation offers a flexible and inclusive approach to learning and teaching that enables any student who meets the entry requirements to access the curriculum and demonstrate achievement of all the intended learning outcomes.
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of the learning opportunities that are provided.
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