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.
2019/20 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£7,500|
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£4,750|
|International (non-EU)||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£14,500|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,906
For 2019, 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 £10,906 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Sunday 3 November - Tuesday 5 November 2019
Meet us in San Diego and Los Angeles to get portfolio advice & learn about our courses.
Tuesday 3 September - Saturday 26 October 2019
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