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Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum), M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum) course at Kingston University gives you the opportunity to curate live projects and build your own professional profile. Run jointly with the Design Museum, London this course is taught by leading curators and designers within the field.


The Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum) course at Kingston University is unique; it is both research and practice-led in the field of curatorial studies. The course has taught aspiring curators for more than 15 years and is widely recognised as a pioneer of its kind, leading the new discipline of design curation. Graduates have pursued successful careers in museums, galleries and cultural organisations around the world and the course has developed an extensive international network of curators.

Key features

  • Professional practice modules at the Design Museum underpin modules on the history and theory of curating and design taught at Kingston School of Art.
  • A strong focus of the course is on project work with project briefs set by leading curators and designers which can be experimental or address real world issues. The projects are designed to develop skills in research, analysis, experimentation, communication and presentation to peers, tutors, industry and collaborative partners.
  • The partnership with the Design Museum offers access to inspiring curators and experienced museum staff and also to the Design Museum's collections, library, archives and a changing programme of exhibitions and events.
  • Study visits throughout the year bring you in contact with design and curatorial studio practice, museums, galleries and alternative curatorial spaces and format. Students can also participate in an optional international study trip; previously students have visited New York, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Where this course will take you

One of the great strengths of this course is that graduates become part of a global network of curators. Graduates have joined leading international museums, galleries and cultural organisations which include the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Design Museum, London the British Council, Gallery Fumi; the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, the Korean Institute of Design Promotion and Shanghai Art Museum.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Curatorial Skill Sets
  • Theories of the Contemporary Object
  • Curatorial Formats
  • Politics of Display
  • Major Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      2 years including professional placement

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in an academic subject or creative practice field.
  • We welcome applicants with relevant work experience, such as practitioners, museum staff and designers looking to extend their professional experience.
  • You should be able to demonstrate an ability to work creatively and within a team.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union:
  • MA part time £4,180
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time £8,415

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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