Taught course

Art: Exhibition Studies

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · School of Art

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Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree. This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • An Honours Degree or an equivalent academic qualification;
  • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree;

Applicants who do not meet the standard course entry requirements may still be considered if the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by:

  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Months of entry


Course content

In its extended full-time mode the course gives you the flexibility to access London's richly varied opportunities for work and study while maximising your personal and professional development.

MRes Art prepares you to work particularly in the academic and research contexts of professional environments, to undertake PhD study, or pursue independent research. The course benefits from links with relevant professional and academic organisations in London and internationally and from the varied expertise of its research staff.

The three pathways provide a focus for your study while also enabling you to explore shared ground and questions of disciplinary territories and boundaries.

MRes Art: Exhibition Studies considers exhibitions and curating inside and outside the museum and gallery, in order to analyse their effects on contemporary art practice, and construct an alternative, critical art history. Debate follows the broad lines of art history's historiography and methodology with the goal to deepen your understanding of important questions of method in the field

MRes Art: Exhibition Studies is delivered in conjunction with Afterall, the art research and publishing organisation based at Central Saint Martins. It provides for the first time an opportunity to examine the history of contemporary exhibition practice through the detailed study and analysis of case studies and practical, theoretical, cultural or socio-political developments. This specific approach to the study of curatorial practice is unique. Art history courses don't systematically tackle the exhibition form, which is the first point of access to art by an audience and therefore shapes the way art is understood, while curatorial courses tend to have a vocational character and don't promote a thorough analysis of the history of the mechanisms and implications of display strategies.

MRes Art: Exhibition Studies supports and is shaped by:

  • Development of scholarship and research in the history of contemporary art through the history and theory of exhibitions
  • Collaborative work with publishing projects led by Afterall. A long-term current project is ‘Exhibition Histories’, currently produced in partnership with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, with the support of MUDAM, Luxembourg, and Arts Council England. It represents the first comprehensive attempt at writing a history of contemporary exhibition practice
  • Potential student participation in such projects leading to specific public outputs such as publications, conferences and symposia
  • Student/staff access to the resources and knowledge already amassed by Afterall, as well as to its network of contributors and collaborating institutions, including their staff and archives.

Information for international students

The English language requirement for entry for this course is IELTS Academic 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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