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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

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  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Explore how to curate a compelling and relevant art exhibition within groups and independently. From curating contemporary performance to handling historic art objects, you'll learn how to apply practical skills to a variety of different art mediums and disciplines.

Our Contemporary Curating course gives you the theoretical, research and practical skills to work as a curator anywhere in the world. You’ll get professional experience managing projects in the Winchester Gallery, with unique access to the University’s vast network of practising artists, academics and researchers who will inform and inspire your curatorial practice.

By studying this MA in curating you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • curate compelling art exhibitions based on research across disciplines and discourses
  • develop critical thinking to collate and curate artworks which challenge the audience
  • understand the current concerns and limitations of contemporary curation and culture
  • get hands-on experience from practical workshops in object-handling and setting up exhibitions using lighting and tools
  • attend visits to local and London-based art exhibitions where you’ll question and debate different curatorial approaches

Your learning will take place in the picturesque city of Winchester, where you'll join a thriving artist community with direct access to practising artists from Winchester School of Art.

The Winchester Gallery is based at Winchester School of Art and is open to the public. Your involvement in the gallery will give you real professional experience in understanding the practical and logistical requirements of curating.

You’ll consider your exhibition’s profile, including the theme, whether the location is private, or public, and how your audience interacts with the artwork. Your decisions as a curator will be research-led, referring to theoretical art concepts and critically reflecting on your own practice throughout.

We look at digital curation, the way artwork is stored, collected and archived online, considering benefits and limitations of digital curation in contemporary art.


You could work towards a career in cultural and public policy-making, cultural management or arts-commissioning and funding. Our graduates have gone to get the following jobs:

  • Working for the Royal Academy and Tate, London
  • Member of the Diversity Working group at Tate, London
  • Programme and Project Officer for a-space, Southampton
  • Engagement Officer at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
  • Exhibition Designer in Shanghai
  • Education Coordinator at the Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Volunteer Coordinator at the Royal Society of Sculptors, London

By studying this course, you'll be able to work in the following areas:

  • museums
  • public or private galleries
  • heritage or cultural organisations
  • international art fairs
  • arts or culture publications

Our professional experience means we can provide expert careers guidance and support. Through our industry contacts, you may be able to set up an internship or work experience independently.

You'll gain transferable skills that are vital for a growing number of fields and industries. These include:

  • critical theoretical writing
  • research across a number of disciplines and discourses
  • methodological and epistemological skills

The course is also a good grounding for further study at PhD level if you want to develop and academic career.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 23,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

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