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M.A. Online

Curating and Collections (online)

University of the Arts London (UAL)

15 months
18890 GBP/year
9240 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Curating and Collections online programme at University of the Arts London (UAL) gives you hands-on experience of organising exhibitions and developing curatorial projects.

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The work that curators, artists, choreographers, organisers and cultural practitioners do in the public domain has increasingly become more digitally focussed. This has helped people to circulate their work more widely, develop an international reach and to consider issues of access and inclusivity.

This course critically engages with the new spaces for art and culture that are emerging and expanding with the ‘digital turn’.

The online MA Curating and Collections course covers the following areas:

  • Exhibition studies of the canon
  • Curatorial knowledge
  • Critical theory of our contemporary socio-political context
  • Practice and professional development

The course will provide you with an opportunity to invent platforms and methodologies for curatorial projects. It will allow you to reimagine the contexts in which artists’ work might circulate. Physical attendance is no longer the sole criteria of public engagement and success: considering this, you will look at how, where and with whom your work communicates.

From a curatorial point of view the course will give you an opportunity to:

  • Question the complex relations between artworks, publics and institutions
  • Challenge existing infrastructures that support the production, distribution and reception of cultural practices
  • Innovate around conditions of engagement

The course will also support you to actively explore opportunities for developing and sustaining your practice and research after the course. The final unit of the course invites you to build on the networks you have established. It will allow you to explore ways though which you might use your skills and experience in the world of work or further research.

Programme Structure

Unit 1 is an introduction to the subject of curating and collections online. It explores a broad history of the modern and contemporary curatorial landscape. The emphasis will be on how technology changed our social relations and our cultural engagement from the latter half of the 20th century to the present day.

Unit 2 is designed to develop your research enquiry further. It deepens your critical engagement with the field and build strategies and techniques for your participation in it. A collaborative online exhibition will form one of the events to which you will work towards.

Unit 3 is focused on the ways you will sustain your practice beyond the course into employment or further research. In this unit you will complete your critical Research Paper. This will help you to determine your position as a curator within the digital landscape. The unit will culminate in a student-led online conference where you will present your research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Personal statement
  • Study plan

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your personal statement and study plan.

  • Personal statement - This should be about 500 words long
  • Study plan - The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18890 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18890 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    9240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9240 GBP per year during 15 months.


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