MA/MFA

Curating

About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
W90L12
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Art and Design
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
One year full-time
Delivery:
Full-time (January to December)
Programme leader:
Dr Matthew Partington
Key fact:
Every student is placed within one of our partner institutions alongside a curator who will mentor the student through the year. Our industry partners are all renowned creative and cultural organisations.

Introduction

This well-connected degree is for those wishing to explore curating and develop curatorial skills in one or more of the following areas: fine art, digital media, film, festivals and social history.

Why study this course?

You will study alongside an intentionally small and supportive group of students with backgrounds in areas including fine art, sculpture, art history, architecture, 3D design, film studies and history, sharing practice and ideas and providing opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively on group projects. 

Ours students value and thrive in a highly professional and creative learning environment led by experienced tutors in a lively and dynamic city with active and engaging cultural communities. 

Curating is based on Bristol's historic waterfront at Arnolfini. Situated above this internationally renowned centre for contemporary art you will be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community, with access to UWE Bristol's City Campus and all it has to offer. Have a look at our UWE Curating blog to find out more.

Professional mentoring and support

You will benefit from unique and professional mentoring from a curator in one of our partner museums, galleries or other cultural spaces for the duration of the course, culminating in the delivery of a real-world curatorial project.  Our partners are renowned creative and cultural organisations: ArnolfiniBristol Museum and Art Gallery, Encounters Film FestivalM-Shed, Royal West of England AcademySituationsSpike Island, Watershed, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and ss Great Britain. A mentor is allocated based on your skills, interests and career aspirations and brings current industry insight and valuable support and guidance.

Through the final live project with your partner institution, you will gain interesting and relevant curatorial experience, sourcing venues, developing audiences, planning, programming and project management whilst developing key contacts.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The full masters course comprises of 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

The course is made up of five modules taught over three semesters (January - December):

Curatorial Histories

You will research the history of your mentored institution and demonstrate a critical understanding of that institution and its historical and contemporary significance within the wider cultural environment. You will familiarise yourself with the contemporary curatorial scene, enabling you to make sense of the structures and practices that underpin it.

Developing Practice and Audiences

You will put theoretical understanding of audiences and market into practice through a group project. This project requires you to map historical contexts and contemporary curatorial practices, both generally and in relation to the institutions and audiences with which you are working.

Professional Practice: Curating

This module provides an opportunity for you to explore your practice either within, or alongside, a professional placement/project. Grounded in work-based learning, there are opportunities to tailor the module to your particular abilities and interests. You will put forward a proposal for a professional practice project, with a view that it may complement your preparation for the final project module.

Curating and Project Management

The emphasis is on situating your project firmly within the contemporary curatorial scene, and in relation to cultural, policy issues and comparable practices happening simultaneously. You will be encouraged to use a wide range of methods to identify and document contemporary developments. Methods include interviewing, participant observation, visiting similar events, and communicating with others involved in similar cultural developments in the UK and internationally.

Final Project: Curating (MA) or Final Project: Curating (MFA)

You will work on either your Final Project: Curating (MA) or Final Project: Curating (MFA). For the MA, there will be a curatorial project (60%) and an evaluative document (40%) and for the MFA the project will account for 40% of the mark and the other 60% will be for a dissertation.

These modules involve the production of, and reflection on, a major piece of curatorial work in collaboration with a partner institution. You will be expected to work independently and document your on-going practice and reflections with support from academic and partner mentors.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You are taught through a series of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, master classes and projects. Guest speakers and study visits enhance learning and provide valuable industry insight.

This course aims to:

  • Equip students with specific curatorial skills valued by the contemporary curatorial sector by offering a mix of practical work experience and in depth engagement with ideas and theories pertinent to contemporary curating.
  • Equip students with the ability to develop innovative techniques for engaging audiences with contemporary curatorial practice.
  • Provide a creative and ambitious pedagogic structure that enables students from a wide range of undergraduate and professional backgrounds to develop and extend their curatorial skills and working methodologies.
  • Support and promote the development of live and collaborative work through a range of Faculty, external and student led projects.
  • Equip students with the skills necessary to undertake sustained, independent, innovative and interdisciplinary research.
  • Produce a new generation of curators who are equipped to work in creative and flexible ways.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

The course has one intake point within the academic year and study begins in January. It is divided into three semesters. Teaching takes place on Mondays, based alongside Bristol's historic waterfront at the Arnolfini.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of practical and written work at the end of each module.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

You will work at least one day a week with your partner institution to gain experience in a real curatorial setting and develop skills required by industry. 

Fieldwork

You will undertake a minimum of two study trips each semester to a wide range of curatorial venues including Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Modern Art Oxford, British Museum, London and the V&A Museum, London. The visits usually include a tour and a talk, providing valuable insight into real-world practice.

Study facilities

The City Campus at Arnolfini occupies the top three floors of the Arnolfini building on Bristol's harbourside and offers studio and teaching spaces for Curating students. Computing facilities and student support services are available. Visual Culture modules and a range of guest lectures are delivered here as well as at other sites within the City Campus.

You are able to access the range of resources available at other City Campus sites, including Bower Ashton. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

Find out more about the UWE's facilities and resources.

Extra information

Follow us on Twitter @uwecurating

Careers

Careers / Further study

MA Curating graduates have gone on to work in a range of professions in areas of social history, fine art, museum curating and film programming in various arts, culture and heritage-related organisations. There are also curating and programming opportunities at film festivals both nationally and internationally and options to teach or progress to further PhD study.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee5500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)458
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)980
International-Full Time-Award Fee11750

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)458

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.

Entry

Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated, creative students with some prior experience in curating or a related area. Usually applicants will have an honours degree in the arts or humanities but those with other academic qualifications or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

We will draw up a shortlist from the applications and those applicants on the shortlist will be invited to interview.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

There is no official closing date and we accept applications throughout the year but we have limited spaces so once they are filled we will not accept further applications.

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