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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Curation

Course type


Course Summary

Individual practice-based projects and hands-on curatorial experience are at the heart of the MA Curation course at Norwich University of the Arts. MA Curation explores the idea of “an exhibition” in its broadest sense across the field of contemporary art, media and design. The course will help you to develop self-initiated curatorial projects, where you’ll be encouraged to innovate and put into practice what you have learnt. You will work in the public domain and explore how to develop new audiences and interpret the role, purpose and meaning of exhibition design.

NUA provides a strong professional context in which to study curatorial practice, with established links with the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, Tate, Norwich Castle Museum & Gallery, as well as local, regional and national galleries and museums. The university’s own gallery, East GalleryNUA, is an important touring venue for national and international exhibitions and has helped to cement NUA’s reputation for high quality curatorial practice.

Curation is a broad term, and MA Curation students will be encouraged to develop their ideas which can (and do) vary from exhibition design, creative events and spectacle, gallery interpretation and education, cultural value and access and the ethics of collecting. Whatever your area of exploration, curation is about building relationships and collaborative practice – be that working with artists, communities or producing a touring show.

In this regard you will be supported to construct creative projects in ‘real world’ situations, conceiving ideas, working with others, problem solving, producing and programming through to developing an awareness of wider curatorial tools such as insurance, art handling, marketing and project management.

New digital platforms, such as games, AI and VR can also offer new opportunities for curators to engage audiences with exhibitions and projects.

Different course options

Full time | Norwich University of the Arts | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Award Specific Unit offers two units where subject specialist issues are explored, promoting the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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.

University information

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the great British art schools: a specialist arts, design and media university that draws on more than 170 years of history but with a focus on the future. Postgraduate students come to NUA from diverse backgrounds and with a range of hopes for their future. But they share a passion for creativity. They share a pioneering spirit and determination to explore their creative practice. PG study at...more