Taught course

Curating Contemporary Design

Institution
Kingston University · Communication Design
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in an academic subject or creative practice field. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience, such as practitioners, museum staff and designers looking to extend their professional experience. You should be able to demonstrate an ability to work creatively and within a team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Run jointly with the Design Museum, this course is taught by leading curators and designers within the field. Through its projects at the Design Museum and with prestigious cultural organisations, including the British Council, Architecture Foundation, British Museum and the V&A, the course gives you the opportunity to curate live projects and build your own professional profile. Ambitious international projects are an integral part of the curriculum, and graduates have gone on to successful careers around the world.

Key features

  • As the course is taught in partnership with the Design Museum, London, you will benefit from the experience of studying at one of the world's best-known design museums.
  • Professional practice modules at the Design Museum underpin modules on the history and theory of curating design taught at Kingston University.
  • Work experience and study visits are an important part of the course.

What will you study

You will gain a grounding in the professional aspects of curatorial practice as well as first-hand experience in planning and organising exhibitions. This practical experience will be supported by modules in history and theory, ensuring you have a thorough knowledge of the ideas and context underpinning the display and curating of contemporary designed objects. There is a strong emphasis on gaining key employability skills for the sector, ensuring a high level of professional development. We develop live projects with leading organisations such as the British Council, Crafts Council and V&A Museum.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/curating-contemporary-design-ma/fees-and-funding.html

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Phone
08448 544973/+44 (0)20 3308 9930