The Curating course at the University of Essex combines practice, theory and histories of curating in equal measure. You will develop an essential base skills for a successful exhibition – from object handling to managing exhibition budgets – through visiting lectures by active museum professionals; practical workshops using our on-site collection and galleries; and competitive placements at leading institutions. Previous students have worked at the V&A, Royal Academy of Arts, Hayward Gallery and Firstsite Gallery.
You will build your own confident grasp of the history and theory of exhibition-making, studying with academics who besides being active curators are producing new key texts on the curatorial history and theory. You study topics including:
- How an exhibition can be used as a means of social or political critique
- The historical role that museums have played in society
- Participation and social engagement between spectators, artists and curators
- A choice of history of art options
The visual arts and culture industries have become an increasingly significant part of the national and international economy, and our art history graduates leave Essex with the skills to take advantage of this growing opportunity.
Graduates from our programmes are ideally prepared for roles in the media, in advertising, in museums and galleries, in education (in schools, universities, and cultural institutions), as conservators, as auctioneers, dealers and antiques specialists, in charities, in publishing, as specialist arts lawyers, as PR agents, in fashion, or to run their own galleries.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
- National Portrait Gallery
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Sotheby’s New York
- Momart Ltd
- John Lewis
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- Critique and Curating
- Museum Activism: Art, Politics, Cultural Work and Policy
- Practical Skills for Curatorial Work
- Collecting Art From Latin America
- Art and Politics
- Topics in Art History
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Liberal Arts Museum Studies View 266 other Masters in Liberal Arts in United Kingdom
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- A 2.2 Degree or equivalent in any discipline. Your Degree must contain at least three modules relating to visual culture.
- Visual Culture modules include, but are not limited to: Aesthetics, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Curatorial/Museum Studies, Design Studies, Digital Imaging, Fashion, Fine Art, Film Studies, Film and Literature, Graphic Design, Advertising, Landscape Design, History, Media Studies, Photography.
- if you do not hold a degree which includes relevant modules, then we can still consider you. You should be able to show that you have relevant professional experience. If you do not have a relevant degree or relevant experience, then we may ask you to provide a sample of written work which demonstrates your interest in this field.
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International19740 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home/UK fee: £4,600
- International fee: £9,870
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.