Taught course

Curatorial Practice

Bath Spa University · Bath School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered. Overseas applicants will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and statement included in the application form. To help applicants, especially those from overseas, to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Director prior to application.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative course benefits from collaborative relationships with museums and galleries of national and international significance, notably the Holburne Museum, Bath; Spike Island, Bristol; Arnolfini, Bristol; and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. It covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of the historical collection to creative curating of contemporary art, craft and design. The course takes a broad view of curatorial practice and the programme includes consideration of activities in the private domain of the domestic interior, and in virtual reality, as well as commercial treatments, such as shop window display.

The MA adopts a 'practice-led' approach; while some sessions are delivered by university academics at the Corsham Court Centre, others are delivered by our collaborators and relate to particular case studies or collections. There are field trips to museums and galleries in the Bath/Bristol area and opportunities to work alongside museum and gallery professionals on selected in-house activities. 'Real life' projects can be pursued in response to assessment assignments, especially in relation to the final 'Master's Project' double module.

Information for international students

Non-native English speakers will need minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent. For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

For further information visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


part time
9 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Dr Jo Dahn
+44 (0)1225 875 694
+44 (0)1225 875 444