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.
- 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.
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- Curatorial Skill Sets
- Theories of the Contemporary Object
- Curatorial Formats
- Politics of Display
- Major Project
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, applications will close when the course is full.
DisciplinesDesign Museum Studies View 407 other Masters in Design in United Kingdom
- 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.
International17600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 17600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- MA part time £5,225
- MA part time £9,680
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