London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This is a professional course, devised and taught with our partner, the internationally renowned Whitechapel Gallery. Through direct involvement in the life cycle of the gallery, students acquire the key skills and knowledge of curatorial practice as well as an informed understanding of the contemporary visual arts. Students also gain a broad range of transferable skills in communication, management, research and analysis. The MA Curating the Contemporary partnership and programme is unique among courses of its type. It provides theory into practice experiential learning of a kind and quality that is invaluable to students seeking future employment in the industry.

Course Modules

Year 1: History of curating (practices and theories of display); workplace observation module (Whitechapel Gallery); writing about art (curatorial workshops). Year 2: Research methods and project; major curatorial project; curatorial practice and mentoring; professional practice (Whitechapel Gallery).

Course Additional Entry

A relevant upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a cognate discipline. Professional qualifications from accredited museums and public galleries may also be considered. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,250  Academic year. First year home fees