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15 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Art Curation Collecting

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Course Summary

Course overview

You will work alongside curators, learning how to handle art and design objects. Professionals in the curatorial team at Chelsea Space will guide your curating of artefacts. Your exhibition skills will be underpinned by curatorial knowledge, enhanced by study visits to major institutions.

Curators from among the university’s professors or readers, will also offer you unique perspectives on their work. Where necessary, other invited speakers, will lead discussions on exhibition practice. By combining practical engagement with historical understanding, the course builds the skills needed for a successful career.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through: Critical writing; Presentations and crits; Project portfolios.


Many MA Curating and Collections graduates go on to work as curators either, independently or within galleries, museums or other art and design organisations. Some of our course alumni develop public programmes, while others choose further study and research exhibitionary practice and typically focus on collections research, exhibitions history and curatorial practice. MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea provides students with the critical, historical and contextual studies needed to advance their careers.


In this unit you will reflect upon current curatorial practice and develop your own professional practice utilising Chelsea Space as a venue. To develop a critical understanding of work that challenges existing practice; To articulate your own position in respect of key curatorial debates; To plan and implement an exhibition as part of a postgraduate show; To finesse communication skills, through written work and oral presentations; To analyse curatorial methods used to reinterpret objects and practices.

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or equivalent academic qualifications; Personal statement; Study plan. Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your personal statement and study plan.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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