Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum)

Kingston University

12 months
17600 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, applications will close when the course is full.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Home and European Union:
  • MA part time  £5,225
Overseas (not EU):
  • MA part time  £9,680


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Curating Contemporary Design (in partnership with the Design Museum)
Kingston University