Taught course

Contemporary Curating

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA/MFA Contemporary Curating explores the notion of exhibition practice in contemporary culture, and considers curatorial methods and strategies in the context of the gallery and museum, as well as in projects such as biennials, public art works and commissions. The programme is interdisciplinary in its structure and content and considers ways in which different kinds of art works and projects are mediated through the exhibition process. It shares the interests of the Research Councils’ strategic theme of Capitalising on the UK’s cultural assets.

The shifting relationship between artist-institution-curator-critic/writer forms a central element to the course, included in this will be a consideration of the implications of cultural theory to contemporary practice. The programme explores the potential of seeing curating as something which can be applied to different forms of knowledge, this could be through publication; symposia; conferences; events and interventions. In this way, the role of the curator could be seen as a mediator of art works; objects and information. In addition to the taught element, gallery visits and exhibition analysis will form an integral part of the programme.

The MA Contemporary Curating is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

Unit 1: Practice 1 -Art - Contemporary Curating, Contemporary Visual Culture, Design Cultures

Unit 2: Choice of one option from the following-

Contested Territories

Digital Futures

Health and Wellbeing

Images and Archives

Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design

Negotiated Study

Object and Context

The Museum and The City

Writing Research and Funding Proposals

Unit 3: Practice 2 - Art- Contemporary Curating, Contemporary Visual Culture, Design Cultures

Unit 4: Professional Platforms

Unit 5: Practice 3 Major Project (Contemporary Curating, Contemporary Visual Culture, Design Culture)

If you choose to progress to MFA Contemporary Curating award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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