Culture, Criticism and Curation, M.A. | University of the Arts London (UAL) | London, United Kingdom
12 months
25970 GBP/year
12700 GBP/year
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The MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at University of the Arts London (UAL) provides a framework for engaging with historical and contemporary culture.


Course overview

This MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation at University of the Arts London (UAL)  will teach you how to become an innovative practitioner and researcher, with the skills to communicate to specialist and general audiences alike. It is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme.

The theorist and novelist Raymond Williams described culture as one of the most difficult words in the English language. It crosses disciplines and holds multiple meanings. It designates things and processes. Historically, culture meant “civilisation”. More recently its definition has shifted towards the entertainment and education sectors. This has been accompanied by an ongoing negotiation about what might constitute the objects, activities, agents and interpretations of cultural production. 

MA Culture, Criticism and Curation works with two distinctive approaches: it examines culture as a broad field, while treating intellectual and practical work as a form of joined-up enquiry. The course aims to make research accessible to new and larger audiences, removing it from a solely academic environment. Taking advantage of its location in an art school, the course integrates theoretical issues and practical skills. It interrogates history and considers how new knowledge is presented in the public realm.  

MA Culture, Criticism and Curation will teach you how to become both an innovative practitioner and a strong researcher, with the skills to communicate to specialist and general audiences alike. Project work is a combination of theory and research and learning through doing is fundamental to the course. MA Culture, Criticism and Curation promotes a community of practice, which is central to student development. The course is designed as a series of intensive workshops, combining seminars, discussions, site visits and practical projects. These are often interdisciplinary and the course encourages a holistic approach to critical, practical, peer-to-peer, group and independent work. There are also opportunities for programme, College and University-based events which allow you to engage with the rich culture of research and innovation at Central Saint Martins. 

MA Culture, Criticism and Curation makes use of London’s wealth of collections, archives and creative practitioners, staging teaching in relation to these resources. You will work on live projects which are devised in response to the complex issues surrounding the presentation of culture in public spaces. Working in groups, you will learn how to collaborate effectively, how to use the project as a testing-ground and how to contribute individual skills and ideas to a collective end. 

Programme Structure

Course details

  •  Foundations

Unit 1 You will begin to research your dissertation in order to develop a proposal and also take part in a group curatorial project. Unit 1 is supported by a series of seminars, workshops, site visits, project meetings and activities. These will help you build knowledge, critical thinking and creativity in response to ideas, environments cultural objects and communities. 

  • Testing
Unit 2 is a continuation of the activities undertaken in Unit 1. You will continue to develop your dissertation and present it as work-in-progress. You will be encouraged to develop a bespoke research direction. This unit requires you to focus on historical knowledge and ideas, considerations of audience, cultural policies, competing systems of representation, exhibition conventions, writing and oral presentations. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree in a relevant field: history; art history; culture, communications or media studies; fine art or design; fashion (history and theory or design); multimedia or interactive design; curatorial, gallery, archive or museum work; research; collections management or interpretation; journalism – digital, broadcast, press and radio; art criticism or publishing; marketing and PR; retail or business, if culturally related OR
  • An equivalent EU / international qualification.
  • Personal Statement
  • The Project Proposal should provide a rationale and outline for a cultural project based upon an archive or collection. It should demonstrate your critical engagement and creative thinking within the cultural field, your interests and your ability to conceptualise and plan project work. It does not need to have happened; you only need to propose an idea, but it should be realisable. 
  • Written Assignment

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25970 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25970 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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