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MA Curating Art and Public Programmes

London South Bank University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Southwark Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

A unique collaboration

The MA Curating Art and Public Programmes is a unique collaboration between the country’s leading public gallery for contemporary art, the Whitechapel Gallery, and LSBU. Across one year of full-time study, it equips students with the practical, intellectual and critical skills required to work within the field of curating contemporary art and public programmes.

The programme offers current and relevant theoretical knowledge and understanding in the field of curating contemporary art, as well as a range of work-based learning opportunities, developing high quality curators with an applied and relevant skillset. It provides students with hands-on experience of a working, vibrant public gallery such as the Whitechapel Gallery, renowned for its pioneering exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and public events programme. Students are placed in professional networks from the outset, providing an excellent foundation for their future careers.

Employability

Employability has been carefully considered for this programme, as one of its main aims is to offer students professional avenues into the artworld and creative industries more widely and support them to achieve professional success within this challenging and demanding context. The course offers transferable skills throughout as well as opportunities to engage with other industry partners and wider networks.

Being industry-facing, engaging directly with employers and interfacing courses with real-world communities are key tenets of London South Bank University.

Students from a similar programme devised by the Whitechapel Gallery, upon completion of the course, were employed at the following prestigious art organisations: Alexis Hunter Estate, Arcade Gallery, Arebyte, Art Gene, Art Logic, Ben Uri Gallery, Bonhams, Camden Arts Centre, Contini Art Gallery, CREATE London, Design Museum, Frieze, Gillian McVey PR, October Gallery, Open Gallery, Pickles PR, Royal Overseas League, Sutton PR, Sotheby’s, V.A.C. Foundation, White Cube Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery.

Placements

The backbone to the programme is a 60-credit placement delivered over two semesters at the Whitechapel Gallery – all of the Gallery’s departments are receiving students who will be developing applied understanding of the various aspects of working in an art institution to develop exhibitions and public programmes, as well as communication and development strategies to promote and support the Gallery’s activities. Other work-based modules at the Gallery include those concerning the practices of engaging and working with diverse community groups and the public.

Teaching and learning

All programme outcomes are being delivered by a mixture of theoretical and applied modules, through an integrated ‘practice into theory’ approach.

The theoretical modules are delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials and will feature guest lecturers and contributions from high profile industry professionals in the field, through the Whitechapel Gallery’s rich professional networks.

The applied modules are primarily delivered through work-based learning methodologies at the Whitechapel Gallery, which also include site visits, case-studies and workshops. LSBU uses Moodle as its VLE.

Students will also have access to exhibition studios and lecture rooms at both LSBU and Whitechapel.

The programme is managed by Dr. Nayia Yiakoumaki, the Whitechapel Gallery’s Head of Curatorial Studies and Curator, and Dr. Geoff Cox, the LSBU Course Director and co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image.

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London South Bank University

  • University League Table

    108th

  • Campus address

    London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, Southwark, SE1 0AA, England

The London advantage: LSBU is in the heart of the action in the most diverse city in the world, with accommodation on campus.
Major investment in LBSU’s London campus has delivered unique and modern facilities to improve students’ learning experience.
Employability focused. With a careers support and a Jobshop on campus, students can get expert advice and a head start on their career.

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