University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Culture, Criticism and Curation combines interdisciplinary and innovative research, using techniques of image, object and textual analysis, and practical work in handling archives, curating and writing. Its combination of critical engagement and creative skills bridges scholarly research and the cultural and creative industries. The course aims to teach students to be high level researchers and innovative practitioners, responding to a need for professionals with a broad interest in cultural production and the skills to communicate this to specialist and general audiences alike.

The course will make use of London’s wealth of collections, archives and creative practitioners, staging the teaching in relation to ‘live’ resources. Key focuses of the course are collections and archives, including those that are institutional, personal and /or produced in the context of creative art practices, which students will address from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Collections and archives are historical constructions as much as physical (or other), and the course encourages students to see them as discursive, technological, social and political.

The course is taught by a team of tutors who bridge academic research and writing and professional practices of criticism, journalism, art, exhibition design, curating and collections management, most of whom developed and currently teach on the BA Criticism, Communication and Curation: Arts and Design degree. The course’s main aim is to take research based in the academic environment and make it accessible to larger or new audiences.

**About Central Saint Martins**

Central Saint Martins is a world'leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the ambitions of its students and staff and the outstanding achievements of its graduates. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

From fine artists and fashion designers to architects and material innovators, disciplines live side'by'side at the College, encouraging curiosity, innovation and conversation that challenges the status quo. Combining academic rigour with creative experimentation, the College inspires students to question accepted norms and test the boundaries of their discipline. Their resulting journeys may be challenging but are never dull. Our alumni include artists and designers who have challenged and shaped the world around us. These include Turner Prize and Oscar winners, as well as Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

This forward'looking and restless approach places Central Saint Martins at the heart of London’s creative scene. With over 500 events taking place at the King’s Cross campus annually, the flow of inspiring people, exhibitions and practices provide a unique student experience. Our staff are leading practitioners in their own right, ensuring courses are enriched by strong industry relationships – both locally and globally. The combination of exceptional facilities, people and connections to those working in industry today makes Central Saint Martins a major force in the art and design world.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Foundation and Access to Higher Education; Fine Art; Culture and Enterprise; Drama and Performance; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery and Textiles; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; Spatial Practices.

Course Modules

Modules include: Theories, methods and research; practice.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,230 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree or evidence of equivalent learning, and normally at least 1 year of relevant professional experience. The relevant disciplines and professional fields include: History; art history; culture, communications or media studies; fine art; fashion (history and theory); multimedia or interactive design; curatorial, gallery or museum work; research; collections management or interpretation; journalism (digital, broadcast, press and radio); art criticism and other forms of writing practices; marketing and public relations (PR); retail, if culturally related. Applicants will be considered for admission who have already achieved a relevant Honours degree, who can evidence experiential learning equivalent to a degree or who have 3 years’ relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. If an applicant has booked a test or is awaiting their result, then this should be indicated on the application form.