Curation is a process of mediation and creative thinking and this course will provide a direct experience of developing and managing this practice.
This MA is distinctive in that it will appeal to applicants who are creative practitioners and historians of art, design, and media as well as those from a humanities' or even a science background, who have interests in communicating visually through traditional and alternative spaces.
The course team views curation in its widest sense, and will support you in bringing together objects, still and moving images and/or texts into a coherent, contextualized and critical whole.
The exhibition may encompass a range of public outcomes across the areas of art, design, and media, from gallery-based displays to film programmes, from public art to open access archives.
Taught by leading, established practitioners in the field and with a strong emphasis on industry lectures, workshops, visits and collaborations, the MA focuses on developing the core professional skills for future employment. You will develop a critical understanding or exhibition practices at both regional and national level, to help acquire an understanding of local and global debates.
Curatorial projects throughout the course will help you to develop skills in the management of collaborative projects, the ability to lead and work within a team and an understanding of the importance and use of networks. The course will also help you to develop a broad range of writing skills for the purpose of making funding proposals, to engage in critical reflection, to produce marketing and promotion materials and business correspondence.
Staff who work on the course are experienced in managing curatorial projects at national and international levels and it is a research strength at NUCA.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfill the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The majority of applicants to courses at NUCA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUCA's staff, campus, and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is in your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.
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Last updated February 8, 2018