Taught course


Norwich University of the Arts · Norwich University of the Arts

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or higher in a subject relevant to the MA you are applying for. Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline may be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work. Relevant professional experience may also be considered. For more information contact postgrad@nua.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

The contemporary art scene is evolving as artists respond to new disciplines and techniques and challenge the boundaries of their practice. The place of art in society is changing as increasingly varied audiences interact with creativity in new ways. MA Curation at NUA is a pioneering course - the first to respond to this changing sector and to equip professionals with the broad skills and contextual understanding needed by the 21st century curator.

Focused above all on the public exhibition of contemporary art, MA Curation at NUA also recognises curation in its most enquiring sense as a way of bringing together and relating ideas, images, objects and texts for public exhibition. This intellectually stimulating course enables students to be creative and open to new ways of working as they begin to define your own specialism. Through practice and research, students are invited to experiment with curation for traditional and innovative public exhibition spheres, including:

• Museums, galleries and public spaces

• Digital arts, moving image and performance

• Print, digital media and the internet

Through ‘hands-on’ practice throughout the course, students on MA Curation will develop key sector skills in the management of collaborative projects; the ability to lead and work within a team and an understanding of the importance and use of networks. The course will encourage students to question the ethical responsibilities of the curator and reflect on controversy within the arts.

MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on practical curatorial experience. Curation is understood in its broadest and most forward-thinking sense as a process of bringing together objects, still and moving image and/or texts into a coherent whole. The course appeals to a range of applicants, including graduates in Fine Art and Art History and those from non-art backgrounds with an interest in curatorial practices.

MA Curation students have the opportunity to curate in the Gallery at NUA, which provides a showcase for exhibitions of international contemporary art and design and plays a central role in the MA Curation programme. Recently the Gallery at NUA has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread.

The University has strong links with the Tate and Hayward Gallery as well as with galleries in the region. Tutors and industry guests encourage professional understanding as you develop your appreciation of location and audience and the communication of ideas, meaning and information. You will become accustomed to liaising between artists, dealers, galleries and agents as you progress on your curatorial career.

Taught by leading, established practitioners in the field and with a strong emphasis on industry lectures, workshops, visits and collaborations, the MA focuses heavily on the core professional skills needed to stand out in the competitive field of curation. Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of current debates in contemporary art, design and media practice. Through expert tuition and regular interaction with students on other postgraduate courses at NUA, students will hone their research and critical interpretation skills.

MA Curation is relevant to applicants looking to achieve a high level of professional understanding and ability and applications are welcome from outstanding students from diverse disciplines including Fine Art, Design, Film and Moving Image, Art/Design History and those interested in communicating ideas across the arts and sciences to new and existing audiences.

Scholarship and funding information is available. See NUA website for details: www.nua.ac.uk

Information for international students

NUA has earned an international reputation for excellence over the course of its 170 years training leaders in the creative industries. The University’s international community are genuinely valued for their contribution to student and academic life. International student scholarships are available. Applicants typically submit digital portfolios and interview via Skype.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students are eligible to apply for the student awards from the AHRC, subject to the support of the University. A number of International Student Scholarship Awards are available.

For more information on funding, please go the NUA website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1603 610561