Bath Spa University

MA Curatorial Practice


Sion HIll Campus

Sion Hill Place

Bath, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Curatorial Practice Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Curatorial Practice, MA Curatorial Practice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This innovative course benefits from collaborative relationships with museums and galleries of national and international significance, notably the Holburne Museum, Bath; Arnolfini, Bristol; Spike Island, Bristol; and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. It covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of the historical collection to creative curating of contemporary art, craft and design. The course takes a broad view of curatorial practice and the programme includes consideration of activities in the private domain of the domestic interior, and in virtual reality, as well as commercial treatments, such as shop window display. The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year (three trimesters) in duration in full time mode or six trimesters in part-time mode. The first two trimesters comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, while the Master's Project in the final part of the course is by negotiated project. Completion of the first two modules on the course leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, and completing of the first four modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA Curatorial Practice.


The ability to deal with complex issues in the area of curatorial practice history, theory and context, effectively employing skill in analysis and synthesis as necessary. The ability to independently plan and implement research activities in the subject fields of curatorial practice, demonstrating professionalism, self-direction and originality. The ability to initiate and contribute to debate and discussion in relation to curatorial practice. The capacity to advance knowledge, learning and skills in the subject fields of curatorial practice.
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