Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
Hands-on curatorial experience and individual, practice-based projects form the foundation of our MA Curation Masters degree.
Exploring the idea of “exhibition” in its broadest sense across the field of contemporary art, you’ll engage with gallery-based exhibitions and projects in non-traditional venues, site-specific interventions and public art projects.
Relevant, current and innovative
Reflecting the latest thinking across curatorial studies, this practical and relevant postgraduate course acknowledges the emergence of the artist-curator, as well as more traditional routes to curatorial practice.
You’ll consider the possibilities offered by a range of platforms, from traditional museum collections, museology and archives, to virtual and interactive methods.
You’ll be aided in developing self-initiated curatorial projects, which will see you innovating and exploring ways to cultivate new audiences.
Professional skills and industry links
With strong links to the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, Tate, Norwich Castle Museum & Gallery – as well as other local, regional and national galleries and museums – NUA is the ideal environment in which to study curatorial practice.
The University’s own gallery, East GalleryNUA, is an important touring venue for national and international exhibitions and has helped cement NUA’s reputation for high quality curatorial practice. East GalleryNUA hosted the British Art Show 8 in 2016 and the prestigious EASTinternational between 1991 and 2009.
A training programme delivered by the gallery as part of our MA Curation programme provides a unique opportunity to develop your professional practice. A mentoring scheme with curators – exclusive for postgraduate students studying this degree – offers invaluable opportunities to engage with industry professionals.
MA Curation at NUA
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including
- Exhibition Organisation
- Gallery Management
- Arts Direction
- Programme Management
- Arts Administration
- Research/PhD Study
Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.
Show us your best stuff. Tell us what you still want to achieve. Your portfolio is your chance to paint a picture of where an MA at NUA could take you.
You should aim to bring about six pieces of work that demonstrate your learning, progress and creativity. The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks, notebooks, publications, catalogues, blogs or websites that relate to your practice.
We know that for some people an MA application is a change in direction and some work may only be in a developmental stage. We also know that for those in the final year of undergraduate study completed Major Projects may be unavailable or unfinished, in which case we welcome representative images of work in progress.
You can choose to bring original work with you or show a digital portfolio using your own device and on a USB drive, DVD, social media platform or through website platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi, Behance, Dropbox, personal websites or blogs. If you choose to present your portfolio digitally please notify us in advance of your interview. If you wish to submit a digital portfolio ahead of your interview we can only accept PDF documents or website links by email.
Tips on preparing your portfolio:
- Your portfolio should be presented in a logical and ordered manner
- It’s important to include a range of creative work that demonstrates your compatibility with the MA course you have applied for
- The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks and notebooks as well as finished work
- Physical examples of practice (printed matter, objects, painting, sculpture etc.) are acceptable at interview, but larger pieces of work should be shown as photographs or digital submission
- Film, video and animation work should be 2-5 minutes long
- Include any links to relevant websites or blogs that contain your work
- Your application includes a 500 word written statement, but you might wish to include other examples of your written work (for example an undergraduate essay or a research report) that relates to your chosen subject
- International applicants interviewing by Skype should submit a digital portfolio (see above) in advance and/or supply weblinks to digital portfolios or online blogs that showcase your practice.
2018/19 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£7,000|
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£4,500|
|International (non-EU)||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£13,700|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609
For 2018, UK nationals and those who have been resident in England for three years may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £10,609 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible.
How to apply
Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to email@example.com
Terms and conditions
If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.
Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.
When should I apply for an MA course?
There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.
"I came to NUA because I wanted to have an experience that was a little bit more hands-on and practical after so many years writing essays. That’s what I’ve got and it’s been great."
Marjolijn Dijkman (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Rehana Zaman (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Cécile B Evans (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Adam Burton (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Alec Cumming (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Steve Baker (Visiting Lecturer)Artist and writer
John Wallbank (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Milika Muritu (Visiting Lecturer)Artist and Co-director of Cell project space
Rosa Tyhurst (Visiting Lecturer)Artist and Assistant Director Limencello Gallery
Ruth Claxton (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Susan Sluglett and Anthony Faroux (Visiting Lecturer)Artists and Jerwood Painting Fellows 2013
Revealing Munnings: the restoration
View the conservation work of the fourteen Sir Alfred Munnings' drawings.
MA Curation graduate exhibits at Nunns Yard
MA Curation graduate exhibits new work at Nunns Yard Gallery
NUA welcomes ‘Hymn’ by Damien Hirst to campus
Damien Hirst's monumental sculpture, Hymn comes to Norwich University of the Arts.
Anthony Caro: Iron in the Soul
Wednesday 8 May - Saturday 20 July 2019
Explore internationally renowned sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro OM CBE in East Gallery.
Sculpture Workshop: Anthony Caro
Monday 20 May 2019
Explore sculpture in response to the Anthony Caro exhibition Iron in the Soul at East GalleryNUA.
Making it as a contemporary artist
NUA alumni and sculptor Paul Digby shares what it takes to make it as a contemporary artist.
MA Curation graduate Rosie Smith on hands-on curating fully realised public exhibitions.