Taught course

Curation and Visual Culture

Solent University Southampton · School of Art, Design and Fashion

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Entry requirements

A BA honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

  • Offers will be made on the basis of the application, interview, and submission of examples of written (and possibly visual) work.

Months of entry


Course content

You’ll be taught by academics and practitioners with experience in curating and publishing, who emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and enquiry within curation and visual culture. And will study areas including; contemporary curating, researching/writing about visual culture, and curating in digital contexts, learning the essential skills to work in a wide variety of contexts such as the gallery and publishing sectors, or for brands and cultural institutions.

Throughout the master’s you’ll benefit from the contribution of a range of internal and external representatives such as curators, publishers, event organisers and designers who provide excellent industry insight and examples. The University’s own art gallery space Solent Showcase also offers you the opportunity to build your awareness of professional practices and engage in hands-on research and curatorial activities.

You’ll also have access to our fantastic facilities to support your learning, including specialist software for workshops on exhibition design.

The curating and critical writing skills developed on this course are applicable to a wide range of professions such as roles at cultural institutions, publishers, and brands, as well as independent and collaborative practices – leaving you with varied and exciting career options upon graduation.

Information for international students

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Creative work50

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