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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum)

Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum)

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Full time | Knights Park | 1 year | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

27-SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Exhibition Design Museum Design / Organisation

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Why choose this course?

This collaborative degree, between Kingston School of Art and the Design Museum, has grown into one of the world's foremost programmes for design curators. Taught by leading curators and designers, the course engages critically and creatively with our fast-changing, complex world. You will have the opportunity to curate live projects and build your own professional profile, through the Design Museum and with institutions such as the Architectural Association, British Council, Gallery Fumi and the Royal Academy of Arts. Led by both research and practice, this course has taught aspiring curators for more than fifteen years. The Kingston School of Art environment, which includes the Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum and outstanding workshop facilities, encourages creativity and experimentation as responses to interrogations of contemporary conditions. To actively consider geopolitical, social and economic concerns, Curating Contemporary Design is taught within a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to develop responses to the complexity of the world today.

What you will study

Through a rigorous framework and practical experience students will engage with contemporary discourse that responses to the complexities and urgencies of today's world. Acknowledging design and curatorial history, you will engage with those contemporary concerns through transdisciplinary collaborations in theory and practice, and will develop stimulating creative interventions and critical writing. Throughout the year, students will work on a major live project with external partners, which will allow you to gain first hand curatorial experience.?The final presentation will be shared with the general public at the Design Museum. Students are currently working on a collaboration with Parsons The New School, New York and HEAD Geneva, which started with a symposium on Design and Film at Dorich House Museum.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be assessed through curatorial project briefs, critical reviews seminar presentations, essays, and a dissertation. Assessment typically comprises practical exams (individual or group presentations) and coursework (e.g. critical review, essays, reports, portfolios, dissertation).

After you graduate

Our graduates have successful careers in prestigious roles in museums, galleries, universities and cultural organisations around the world.

Modules

Display is an inherently political practice. Design and art are constantly evolving disciplines which shifting framework and overlapping boundaries necessitate persistent negotiation and (re)definition. To emphasise that this is not a new phenomenon, this module introduces exhibition examples of the last 100 years to show how such modifications have been communicated and challenged through creative and innovative curatorial approaches. Most importantly, this exhibition history demonstrates that defining the field has always been closely connected to political, social and economic aspects such as the consideration of national identities, movements, technology, culture and consumption.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,735

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£17,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a good BA (Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in an academic subject or creative practice field. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience, such as practitioners, museum staff and designers looking to extend their professional experience. You should be able to demonstrate an ability to work creatively and within a team.

University information

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