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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Our MA Curating offers a practical and theoretical training in devising and curating exhibitions, as you work towards the preparation of an exhibition at our on-site Art Exchange gallery.

Our course combines practice, theory and histories of curating in equal measure. You will develop an essential base skills for a successful exhibition – from object handling to managing exhibition budgets – through visiting lectures by active museum professionals; practical workshops using our on-site collection and galleries; and competitive placements at leading institutions.

You will build your own confident grasp of the history and theory of exhibition-making, studying with academics who besides being active curators are producing new key texts on the curatorial history and theory. You study topics including:

- How an exhibition can be used as a means of social or political critique
- The historical role that museums have played in society
- Participation and social engagement between spectators, artists and curators
- A choice of history of art options

One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive. Our Art History programme is 6th in the UK for research excellence, with 89% of our work rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and we achieved an exceptional 95% student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

Programme structure

Year 1

Exhibition & Portfolio (optional)
Managing Galleries and Exhibition Projects
Critique and Curating
Curating Inside Out
Art & Politics (optional)
Art, Architecture and Urbanism (optional)
Art, Science, Knowledge (optional)
City of God / City of Man: Art and Urbanism in Rome, 1530-1650 (optional)
Current Issues in Curating (optional)
Collecting Art From Latin America (optional)
Current Research in Art History (optional)
Exhibition (Joint Project) (optional)
Researching Art History (optional)
The Museum: History, Theory and Critical Texts (optional)
Topics in Art History (optional)
Individual Project (optional)
Dissertation – MA Schemes (optional)

Career opportunities

Graduates from our programmes are ideally prepared for roles in the media, in advertising, in museums and galleries, in education (in schools, universities, and cultural institutions), as conservators, as auctioneers, dealers and antiques specialists, in charities, in publishing, as specialist arts lawyers, as PR agents, in fashion, or to run their own galleries.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:

National Portrait Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum
Sotheby’s New York
Momart Ltd
John Lewis

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States