Masters in Critical Curatorial Practices

Plymouth College of Art

Program Description

Masters in Critical Curatorial Practices

Plymouth College of Art

Masters in Critical Curatorial Practices


Boundaries between disciplines are increasingly blurred and contemporary curatorial and creative practices habitually overlap. Our Critical Curatorial Practices programme offers recent graduates and existing practitioners the opportunity to pursue a project-led examination of the underlying social and creative trends and, in the process, to develop and put into practice their own curatorial interests.

The course will introduce you to a range of creative curatorial issues, intentions and associated media forms supported by our international, national and local curatorial partnerships. You will individualise your learning through live projects appraised in relation to the matrix of local-global issues, interactions and opportunities that shape contemporary cultural conditions.

The course will allow you to hone your research, planning and logistical skills in a multi-faceted investigative context. You will have space, time and encouragement to explore and develop curatorial processes, tools and models appropriate to your needs.

We welcome applications from all practitioners interested in the curatorial process and for whom the opportunity to participate in a live external projectbased MA is attractive.

Full time study (1 year) requires a commitment to a minimum of two days in college plus your own studio practice and self directed study to meet assignment requirements. Part time study (21 months) requires a minimum of one day in college plus your own studio practice and self directed study to meet assignment requirements.

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree upper second class standard (2.1) in an Art, Design and/or Media discipline is required. Applicants with Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credits from previous qualifications and equivalent experience as a professional in creative practice (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning-APEL) are also considered as alternative fulfilment of the requirements. In all cases, prospective students must demonstrate their capability of studying at postgraduate level.

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Careers & Alumni

The Critical and Curatorial practices MA is designed to provide the skills and knowledge appropriate to entry into a number of different positions in the creative sector, though especially those related to gallery and museum curatorial work. Many curators are freelance, working with a portfolio of institutions and projects.

The course could lead to opportunities in;

  • Independent curation
  • Museum curation
  • Education officer roles
  • Curatorial and art administration roles in the wider contemporary art field.

The Critical and Curatorial course also emphasises the development of the personal qualities, academic awareness and market understanding that will enable students to operate successfully as independent curators.

Those with a specific interest in, and talent for publishing could develop an academic career through research, writing and lecturing.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
12 - 21 months
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Plymouth, England
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