MA Curation
  • MA Curation

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    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.

    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

    • Curator
    • Exhibition Organisation
    • Gallery Management
    • Arts Direction
    • Museology
    • Programme Management
    • Arts Administration
    • Teaching/Lecturing
    • Research/PhD Study

    All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

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      MA Student Rosie Smith

      Rosie Smith

      "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."

      MA Curation


      • Marjolijn Dijkman (Visiting Lecturer)

      • Rehana Zaman (Visiting Lecturer)

      • Cécile B Evans (Visiting Lecturer)

      • Adam Burton (Visiting Lecturer)

      • Alec Cumming (Visiting Lecturer)

      • Steve Baker (Visiting Lecturer)

        Artist and writer
      • John Wallbank (Visiting Lecturer)

      • 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)

      • Susan Sluglett and Anthony Faroux (Visiting Lecturer)

        Artists and Jerwood Painting Fellows 2013

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