This programme, delivered by School of Arts and specialist visiting lecturers, develops your skills and provides experience relevant to a career in curating.
Based at the School of Arts Studio 3 Gallery, you are involved in all aspects of the running of the Gallery.
You have the opportunity to develop your own project, working within the Gallery’s exhibition programme. In developing your exhibition project for Studio 3 Gallery you will work closely with partner organisations in the Kent region, such as Canterbury Museums, or with international art groups like the Stuckists. Both of these examples relate to exhibitions developed by students taking the MA Curating
Knowledge and understanding
We aim to help you understand:
- the contemporary and historical contexts for your individual practice and related research
- the formative debates in the wider contexts of cultural production
- the contemporary and historical critical and theoretical debates in your chosen topic area and in wider cultural contexts
- how to evaluate research methodologies, apply methods and propose new hypotheses applicable to specific research intentions
- the interdisciplinary field through fostering an awareness of, and involvement within, a diversity of research orientations and pathways in curating and museum studies
- the definitions and practice-based assertions of what defines critical discourse in contemporary arts practices, including curating
- interdisciplinary practice: the relation between and interactions within disciplines of art criticism in relation to curating
- the approaches to producing professional practice-based outcomes in a range of media for a range of institutions and settings
- high-level skills and competencies within professional practice and their application.
You will gain the following intellectual skills:
- to critically reflect upon the theories, concepts and ideas that shape work in the field of curating to an advanced level of achievement
- to analyse complex issues and communicate their conceptual understanding to a range of audiences
- to critically reflect upon, refine and present the theoretical framework for independent practice
- to realise and present a body of critical work that demonstrates inventiveness in the application of knowledge
- to develop a curating practice that is self-reflexive
- to demonstrate independent and creative approaches to research, including planning and problem-solving
- to exercise the initiative, responsibility and decision-making necessary to support continued professional development
- to demonstrate self-direction and inventiveness in work and discourse, and act independently in planning and implementing practice to a professional standard
- to understand and evaluate the conceptual and practical concerns that arise within public contexts.
You will gain the following specific skills:
- the ability to effectively deploy terms and concepts relevant to understanding curating in a contemporary context
- the ability to locate evidence from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and interpret it in relation to the aims and conceptual framework of curatorial practice
- the ability to present and discuss cultural material in the context of the arts, heritage, exhibitions, museums, and galleries, employing argument and interpretative skills relevant to professional practice
- the ability to draw upon your understanding of the materials and processes central to a variety of cultural practices in the practice of curating
- the ability to critically evaluate a range of different conceptual and practical methodologies and approaches to understanding curating in a contemporary context
- the ability to reflect upon practical work in a gallery context and to assess its significance in the form of a research journal.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms
- the ability to organise information effectively and respond to written sources
- the ability to communicate to a range of audiences
- the ability to source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources
- the ability to select and employ communication and information technologies
- the ability to produce written documents
- the ability to interact effectively with others, for example through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation
- the ability to accurately define and review the work of others
- the ability to negotiate regarding the planning and execution of a project or the dissemination of its outcomes
- the ability to study independently, set goals, manage workloads and meet deadlines
- the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses
- the ability to develop autonomy in learning
- the ability to listen effectively and so to learn from and participate constructively in discussion
- the ability to seek and use feedback, and critically reflect on and improve your performance
- the ability to identify and define intellectual and practical problems
- the ability to explore alternative solutions to research problems and discriminate between them
- the ability to gather, organise and deploy ideas in order to formulate arguments cogently and express them effectively orally, visually and in written form
- the ability to research and evaluate sources in the process of carrying out independent study.
This programme aims to:
- create and interpret knowledge at the forefront of the discipline through the development of critical, conceptual and practical abilities
- develop a self-directed programme of practice and related research
- contextualise and theorise practice in relation to, and through critical evaluation of, the work of contemporary practitioners and leading researchers within the discipline
- develop a comprehensive understanding of methodologies applicable to independent research
- develop autonomy in practice work within a context that fosters collaborative learning
- sustain an advanced practice that encompasses the disciplines of writing, discussion and producing practice-based outcomes
- achieve high-level skills and competencies as a preparation for professional practice and further development in the field of curating
- embed your research within the context of the University and utilise the resources offered in the research environment such as staff expertise, symposia and colloquia
- develop public outcomes outside the University in a range of formats
- attract students from a diversity of arts contexts and contexts that inform artistic practice, including fine art, history of art, sociology, journalism, English literature, film studies architecture and philosophy
- attract intellectually able and talented students who are enquiring, open to experimentation, discussion and collaboration as well able to work independently
- provide a forward-thinking, dynamic learning environment that responds to the current climate of debate and production in the arts.
- forge an international identity within the field of study through developing partnerships with international universities and non-HEIs
- support specialism and progression by allowing students to opt for specific routes of study that include curating, art history, cultural history, arts management, conservation or museum studies.