Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme is designed for students who wish to take up the challenge of contemporary curating as an artistic, social and critical undertaking, and who wish to develop their professional practice in this area. This two-part programme is designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of contemporary curatorial practice. It's aimed at curators and those with related academic and practical experience who wish to achieve professional excellence in their practice, to innovate in the expanding field of curatorial practice. MFA Curating at Goldsmiths focuses in-depth on aesthetic, social, political and philosophical questions that are brought to bear in any place or at any event in which contemporary art is situated. The programme is designed to provide a practice-led research context for students at any stage of their professional practice. It also enables students to experiment and innovate in the expanded field of curatorial pedagogy, to collaborate on an interdisciplinary basis and extend their and other students' knowledge through this process.

Independent research and practice; public presentation; oral and written communication; project development; exhibition administration; concept development; collaboration; intellectual analysis; catalogue, essay and review writing; research organisation and presentation. Graudates from the MFA in Curating go on to work in galleries and museums; as managers and directors in commercial galleries; independent curators; cultural policy makers, teachers and academics; writers and critics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,380 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £8,380 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £20,470 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,200 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £4,200 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £10,235 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: There's no preference for art/art history and students from a non-art background are welcome to apply. However, the course is run by the Department of Art, and students should consider themselves to be curating practitioners. Applicants for Year One (Diploma stage): undergraduate degree of at least second class standard (or international equivalent) plus an element of professional experience (interning in a gallery or equivalent institution, curating own shows or degree shows etc). Applicants for entry directly onto Year Two: full-time or part-time routes must show through interview and, where appropriate, portfolio that they have established a professional practice and have already completed and passed the coursework of one year for an equivalent Masters programme in Curating. Work experience is absolutely essential to demonstrate that you have a clear sense of current trends and activities in contemporary art. This should be demonstrated through your experience, and expanded upon in your personal statement.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.