Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The 1st year combines learning through practical experience with historical, theoretical and critical reflection; students work on a portfolio of practical exhibition projects; projects offered in the past included: curation of a week'long artists’ retreat at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; curation of a section of CCA’s exhibition as part of the Goethe Institute Cultural Project European; curation of a project at ACME Project Space, London; the 2nd year is student led and focuses on the final project.

Course Modules

Topics may include: curatorial studies; commissioning contemporary art; collection displays; after Modernism; critical theory since 1991; curatorial studies; what is a curator?; performance; art and the public domain; moving image; coloniality; exhibition/audience; curatorial practice; critical theory; writing for curators.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £28,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should have: a good undergraduate degree in history of art or fine art, or other appropriate area of the humanities; some relevant practical experience having worked within the visual arts and can demonstrate an existing commitment to curating through having already organised 1 or more exhibitions; the ability to demonstrate a strong interest in contemporary art.