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Course summary

This programme is aimed at graduates wishing to develop a curatorial career within the field of contemporary visual arts. It enables you to pursue independent and self-directed working, and to lay the practical, intellectual and professional foundations for working in future curatorial roles or contexts. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • The programme is run in conjunction with The Glasgow School of Art, which is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s foremost art schools for teaching and research in fine art, design and architecture.
  • This programme offers students the opportunity to study curatorial practice in Glasgow, a city with one of the most vibrant and distinctive art scenes in Europe. The programme is embedded within the city, drawing on its community of artists, curators, institutions and international connections, and guides students to undertake curatorial work and develop approaches to practice which stem from a strong awareness of context and participation within it.
  • Throughout the course students are introduced to various working contexts, ranging from the gallery and the archive to site-specific contexts and artist-led activity. Students will work on live projects, gaining the most engaged and professionally focused experience possible. This includes the possibility of undertaking a placement tailored to their interests either within the city or further afield.
  • The programme offers links with external institutions in Glasgow, including CCA - the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow International, GoMA, Tramway, The Common Guild and The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The programme will provide you with access to highly-regarded and experienced professional curators and practitioners, and enable you to acquire key skill sets and attributes as well as forge the peer networks that are vital to the profession at all levels. SEMESTER 1 Core Course: CURATORIAL PRACTICE 1 (40 credits) Core Course: Research Methods and Methodologies in Practice (20 credits) (delivered by The Glasgow School of Art) SEMESTER 2 Core Course: Curatorial Practice 2 (40 credits) Optional Course: (20 credits) (options available across The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Glasgow) SEMESTER 3 Select one of the following: Master’s Project in Curatorial Practice 1 (60 credits) Master’s Project in Curatorial Practice 2 (60 credits) Dissertation (60 Credits) In Semesters 1 and 2, Curatorial Practice 1 and Curatorial Practice 2 have a flexible structure, which could respond to particular programming or specific project or exhibition opportunities that arise within any one academic year. Alongside these, you are required to take Research Methods and Methodologies in Practice (20 credits, GSA) in semester 1 and an elective course in Semester 2. You can select from a list of available postgraduate elective options at GSA and the College of Arts, which may change from year to year. In Semester 3 you can choose from three possible routes towards submission for final assessment. These are either: Master’s project option 1 (100% curatorial project) Master’s project option 2 (50% curatorial project and 50% extended essay), or Dissertation (100%). Whether pursuing a Master’s project or a dissertation, it is expected that your work will conform to the growing canon of the field of curating. Optional Course: In the second semester, you will undertake an optional course, choosing from a range offered across the subject areas within the School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow or electives courses offered by The Glasgow School of Art. This offering changes slightly each year. Assessment: Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Courses are assessed by essay, critical review and practice-based coursework.


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Applications should be made directly to The Glasgow School of Art. For further information regarding the course, or details on how to apply, please refer to Glasgow School of Art: 'how to apply'

Entry requirements

A good Undergraduate Degree in a relevant subject (normally 2:1 or higher - although a lower classification may be considered where other areas of the application are strong) or equivalent professional experience. A good level of understanding of contemporary art, relevant to the applicant's own cultural context. Candidates will undertake an interview before selection.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at University of Glasgow - UCAS